Sex Robots: The Future of Prostitution?

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Will sex robots be the future of prostitution within decades?

A pair of New Zealand researchers say yes, finding that robot prostitutes are already being conceptualized and could "revolutionize" the sex tourism business by 2050.

The reasoning is simple: Safer and less complicated!

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THE REAL DEAL: Ashley Dupre has nothing to do with this story. She's just hot, and was once a real prostitute. Sex robots have their work cut out for them.

The researchers envision an imaginary sex club in Amsterdam called Yub-Yum, where sex tourists pay 10,000 euros ($13,191) for massage, lap dances and straight sex acts from these lifelike sex robots strutting around the club.

The club would resemble others in Amsterdam's Red Light District, the researchers wrote, saying Yub-Yum would contain "sexual gods and goddesses of different ethnicities, body shapes, ages, languages and sexual features."

Sexually transmitted diseases and infections would be non-existent because the sex robots would be made of bacteria-resistant fiber that would be flushed of human fluids after the sex acts. You may vomit (or get turned on) on cue.

While the New Zealand study is bad news for prostitutes, who would soon join the ranks of the unemployed, Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a legalized brothel near Las Vegas, scoffed at the findings.

Nothing beats the real thing, he says.

"Those Australian researchers ought to come to the Bunny Ranch to see what real American sex is like - there's no duplicating it," Hof told CBS Las Vegas.

"At the Bunny Ranch, we say 'it's not just the sex, it's an adventure' - and often times it's more about the adventure than it is the sex itself."

This is true ... although robots could presumably be adventurous, wouldn't that just be a little weird? Sound off on this concept in the comments.