The Future Of Sex: The End Of Intimacy As We Know It.

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There was a time, back in the past, when the best way to understand human sexuality was to go through specialized magazines. That was before technology came to disrupt the way we relate to each other. Yes, in this rapidly-changing world, many aspects of human lives are being transformed by technology and this includes the way we feel and express our sexual desires. Among many other innovations, Robotics, virtual reality, and extraordinary scientific innovations are expanding how we can express and experience sexuality through our five senses. Breakthroughs in biological and neurological science are opening manifold erotic possibilities as well.

 

At Paris Talks, our mission is to help people understand the possibilities and implications of how sex is evolving, so they are better prepared for the coming transformation of human sexuality. This article is meant to offer a just a quick summary of insights into the future of sex, but the upcoming Paris Talks conference on March 26 will dive much deeper. Among many other future-oriented ideas, Paris Talks will share details on the tools, changes, and research findings that help us paint a vivid picture of what we might expect of sexuality in the futures.

 

So, here’s a peek at what the future of sex could very well look like, based on trends and predictions:

Sex On Demand goes mainstream

 

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With the advent of location-based hookup and dating apps such as Tinder and Scruff, looking for love - whether for life or for the night -- has never been easier. This went onto another level in the year 2013 when the hookup-oriented dating service Pure, launched. Pure, with its slogan of “Sex Here and Now” stripped away the profiles, chats, and other time-consuming features of its predecessor dating apps to deliver a direct line to hooking up. Essentially: sex on demand. Trends are showing that this will become more and more popular.

Wikipedia even has a page on how lucrative sex on demand is, and why it’ll become even more popular in the near future.

“Pure was developed in 2012 by Roman Sidorenko and Alexander Kukhtenko. Following a two hundred thousand dollar start-up investment, the project became a reality....”Following its creation, an English version was released in the AppStore at the end of October 2014 and a Russian market version was released later in January 2014. In June 2015 an Android specific version of the App was released…. despite the fact that Pure was designed on a budget of only $400,000 the turnaround has been rapid.”

On their early website, Pure made a point of explaining the value of the service and how it actually supported healthy sexuality, rather than reducing it to mechanics without emotions:  

“[Our]core tenet is that no one person should have to be everything for another. We believe it’s natural for someone to feel a powerful sense of attachment to a long-term partner, while experiencing romantic love for somebody else and at the same time, feeling sexually attracted to a diverse range of people. We would like it to be all about exploring different dynamics with different people — sexual, emotional, psychological and spiritual. Government, society, and religion have oppressed human sexuality in the past and continue to do so today. It’s time to make a radical change and give people back the freedom to enjoy a regular and diverse sex life. We are certain that gender, the type of sexual activity, or the number of participants in sexual relations should not be externally regulated.Some people are looking for just one partner, while others want to explore and enjoy. It’s your choice, and Pure helps you act on it!”

Well, let’s try to separate sex on demand and prostitution. In the case of Pure and other players on this market, there seems to be no monetary transaction between users. So, the word prostitution can’t be used here as prostitution is a practice that engages in sexual activity in exchange for payment in form of money, goods, services, or some other benefit agreed upon by the transacting parties. So, yes, sex on demand is here and it’s disrupting the way we look at intimacy.

Virtual Reality

 

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In the year 1992, the sci-fi film Lawnmower Man, directed by Brett Leonard generated huge buzz when it got released. As a virtual reality (VR) film, you would say it was some kind of vivid representation of this startling new technology that grabbed viewers’ attention. Well, in fact, it was those virtual sex scenes that made headlines. In the 90s, VR sex was just a fantasy but today it’s a reality and trends are clearly showing that it has a potentially fertile future. It’s predicted that by 2020, Virtual Reality Will Change Sex and Dating practices like no other previously known technology. VR is probably next on the list of new technologies that are shocking many on how people practice intimacy. As a technology, VR is rapidly improving, and it’s going to transform the most intimate areas of human life.

“Our Kids Are Going to Get Really Weird,” said Leap Motion CTO David Holz in his 2015 SVVR conference talk adding that “soon, our kids are going to have access to machines that can completely and convincingly take over all their perceptions, providing experiences that we can’t even imagine. Suffice to say, the generation gap is going to be enormous. Every day we hear how new technology is going to disrupt this or that industry. Well, VR is going to disrupt puberty…”

What will that look like? It’s impossible to know for sure, but we can make some educated guesses…”

Ever heard about Teledildonics? Well, okay, now this is serious stuff. Teledildonics, also known as cyberdildonics, is basically a technology for remote sex. To say it in a layman’s English, it’s a remote mutual masturbation where tactile sensations are communicated over a data link between the participants.

Crazy stuff, huh?

This remote sex powered by VR technology is already here. These technologies are enabling people to engage in tactile sexual relations from separate, remote locations via computers connected to phone lines while wearing special bodysuits, headgear, and gloves. The question is, will this go mainstream? If yes, when? Qui vivra verra.

 

Making Love To An Artificial Intelligent-powered Non-Human (Also know as Robot)

 

Making love to Robots. Would you?

"With a doll you can learn how to make sex work for you – trying out speeds and angles", said the 31 year-old Vice and Vogue Sex columnist Karley Sciortino after trying out a 20 minutes experiment that aimed to test the notion that only men could have intercourse with a sex doll because women were thought to need an emotional attachment. Karley made love, in front of a camera, to Gabriel, 5ft 9in silicone doll that has “organs as very lifelike with real pubic hair, a hard inside, and soft outer layer”, she added. While being shown to the doll in this VICE documentary, Karley was like “I feel like I am on a Tinder date,...”

“It feels weird because it is so lifelike but it enters this space which feels uncomfortable...it feels like a real person who can't respond to you.... you can't have this experience having sex with a real person.", she added.

Beyond this experience, it’s being said and demonstrated that some robots now have emotions, and just a few days ago, it was announced that male sex robots — fully equipped with male anatomy — that can have non-stop sex until it runs out of battery are going to hit the market later this year. This year alone, at the CES 2018, Solana was introduced. This is a new AI sex partner that’s easily customizable. Solana has a handy app for your phone or tablet where you can customize her personality, drag her face around to make her move her head, give her commands to make her smile at you, and type in sentences for her to say. For example, you can type out "I love you" in the text box if you're a little too lonely and want an inanimate object to tell you it cares about you, and Solana will say exactly that. At Paris Talks, we think this is pretty interesting because sex and companion robots are going to have a huge deal in the near future. We can already see how it will still be a taboo to own one because as it already happens. On one hand, some people are saying this diminishes human interaction and value, others,  on the other hand, are even marrying them and treat them as real partners. This would be great for sexuality, fantasy but also for reducing the horrors of forced prostitution and human trafficking.

Over to you.

As we’ve seen, technology is transforming almost every step of our intimate lives. Actually what started as meeting and flirting through screens and progressed to sexy time over Skype is taking us through products that are promising better and much more meaningful relations. This tends to be the moment when this whole sex thing starts to get sexier for some and scarier for others. Some experts, as we’ve seen, are predicting that the coming generations will get frisky with the help of VR,  holograms, stimulating and, yes, non-human erotic individuals powered by artificial intelligence.

 

Maëva Botrel, Co-founder of Sextechlab & Paris Talks speaker.

Friends, the future of sex is here but not as we’ve always known.

It sounds normal to some, but still and again disturbing to others.

Don’t miss out on Maëva’s talk at the Paris Talks Conference to get more insights on the future of sex.