Good Times For Everyone: How AI Might Update The World’s Oldest Profession
Exploring the potential of digital adult performers and VR brothels
I wasn't yet over my visit to the famous Red Light District in Amsterdam when I stumbled on news of Claudia, an AI-generated adult entertainer.
As reported by the Washington Post, the computer-generated performer is offering alluring images of herself to her many followers on Reddit.
All you have to do is put on a set of goggles, enter a private room, and see her come to life before your very eyes. Besides Kokeshi, it offers similar experiences with other models like Haito, a Japanese Manga nerd, Mistress Oxana, an older doll with a dark side, or Paris, a blonde bombshell.
There's also the male-appearing Ken Guy Ryder, a sultry, blue-eyed bisexual who says he loves to dance and listen to whoever wants to listen.
All this got me thinking: with these and other technologies currently under development, is it just a mere time before flesh and blood erotic entertainers and sex workers are replaced by synthetic versions of themselves?
Sexbots will complement human sex workers
One scenario to consider is that technology may not replace human sex workers but rather complement them, as in the use of virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality experiences, as well as smart sex toys able to interact with the user.
In this case, AI might enhance the intimacy and pleasure of sex work in addition to providing improved safety and privacy for both sex workers as well as their clients.
For example, sex workers might use AI to create digital avatars or personas to promote their services online or via VR/AR platforms.
As Dr. Kate Devlin, a senior lecturer in social and cultural artificial intelligence at King's College London, says in her book Turned On, “This could open up new markets and opportunities for sex work. It will reduce some of the stigma and discrimination that sex workers face in some societies.”
Furthermore, AI could help sex workers manage their schedules, thus optimizing their businesses. Advanced algorithms may also help them analyze data, such as their availability and client preferences, to suggest optimal bookings and travel routes. Their enhanced productivity would then allow sex workers to focus more on providing quality experiences to their clients.
AI will partially replace human sex workers
Another possibility is AI partially replacing sex workers, but not completely by the creation of more advanced and realistic sexbots capable of mimicking human emotions, expressions, and behaviors.
In this case, this technology could be heaven-sent for digisexuals who prefer a more physical and tactile interaction as they'll be able to customize their AI sex partners to match their unique preferences.
AI will empower sex workers
Rather than being supplanted, sex workers' lives might be supported or even improved by technology tools. For example, algorithms might be utilized to ensure their safety by verifying clients through facial recognition or background checks, providing an extra layer of security.
Additionally, AI might aid in their marketing and advertising efforts.
Machine learning programs could effectively analyze user behavior and preferences to help them target specific audiences, leading to increased potential client engagement.
AI-powered recommendation systems might also aid in matching clients with the most suitable sex worker based on their preferences and requirements.
“AI can help people in my sector to not navigate “draconian” laws in various jurisdictions worldwide but also get more clients,” Sharon Jennings, the manager of the Sex Industry Network based in South Australia, told the Guardian,
“It's very exciting to think about the potential,” she added, “it would also allow sex workers access to clients in places where anonymity is limited. People can progressively operate as sex workers even in their bedrooms, without other family members knowing.”
Artificial sex workers will fall short of replicating human sex workers
While technology might enhance certain aspects of the commercial sex industry, it needs to catch up in replicating the nuanced human connection that is often essential to the profession.
While Jennings recognizes the potential for artificial sex workers, she dismisses the notion they'd be eventually put out of work, saying, “Some people want more than just sex from sex workers; they want to be held and touched.”
Striking a balance
Sexbots may offer certain advantages over human sex workers, like the ability to be customized and programmed to suit their user's needs. Still, they also could help reduce the risk of violence and exploitation and reduce the stigma many sex workers continue to face.
Though sexbots may not be able to replace human sex workers completely, they can go a long way in helping enhance sexual experiences for digisexuals.
By harnessing the power of AI while keeping the human element in mind, I see a bright future for both human sex workers and AI sex dolls.
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