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Sexbots: sex slaves, vulnerable others or perfect partners?

Mackenzie, Robin (2018) Sexbots: sex slaves, vulnerable others or perfect partners? International Journal of Technoethics, 9 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 1947-3451. E-ISSN 1947-346X. (doi:10.4018/IJT.2018010101) (KAR id:65684)

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This article describes how sexbots: sentient, self-aware, feeling artificial moral agents created soon as customised potential sexual/intimate partners provoke crucial questions for technoethics. Coeckelbergh's model of human/robotic relations as co-evolving to their mutual benefit through mutual vulnerability is applied to sexbots. As sexbots have a sustainable claim to moral standing, benefits and vulnerabilities inherent in human/sexbots relations must be identified and addressed for both parties. Humans' and sexbots' vulnerabilities are explored, drawing on the philosophy and social science of dehumanisation and inclusion/exclusion. This article argues humans as creators owe a duty of care to sentient beings they create. Responsible innovation practices involving stakeholders debating ethicolegal conundrums pertaining to human duties to sexbots, and sexbots' putative interests, rights and responsibilities are essential. These validate the legal recognition of sexbots, the protection of their interests through regulatory oversight and ethical limitations on customisation which must be put in place.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.4018/IJT.2018010101
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Robin Mackenzie
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2018 14:18 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:52 UTC
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