Category Virtual Sex and Ethics

Adult Company Want to Let HoloLens Users Download Body Scans of Celebs & Pornstars

The HoloLens and other augmented reality devices could change not only the way we view porn, but the way we have sex. With the HoloLens expected to be released in the next year, it might soon be possible to not only see pornstars and naked celebrities on your own bed, but even to have sex with your partner seeing her (or him) as a famous pornstar or celeb.

Adult company SugarDVD is certainly thinking along those lines, and is looking forward to a future in which you can visit their store and download a 3D body scan of a pornstar or perhaps a famous celebrity such as Kim Kardashian.

“Where the adult industry innovates, the tech industry is quick to flourish,” Bolen said.

As we mentioned, pornography was quick to adopt technologies like VHS, DVD, and the Internet, and — surprise, surprise — people bought VHS players, DVD players, and PCs. SugarDVD thinks the same will happen for VR and AR.

And the company is already posing some serious questions about how this tech will change not only porn but also the notion of identity. Here are some things that SugarDVD is asking:

“What is a one-night stand going to look like 20 years from now?”
“What will sexting be like 10 years from now?”

The company is even posing the idea of “downloadable body scans.”

“Instead of Kim Kardashian’s photos ‘breaking the Internet,’ it could be her body
scan, for downloadable use in augmented reality,” reads the SugarDVD press release.

http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/28/porn-site-sugardvd-wants-hololens-owners-to-download-kim-kardashians-body/

The possibility of sex or virtual porn involving downloaded 3D body scans using devices such as the HoloLens might even lead to pirated or hacked body scans, something which would make the recent ‘fappening‘ seem trivial in comparion – and it’s a scenario that was warned about back in 2012 in the following article : http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/motion-capture-expert-stars-risk-378862

VR Porn Predicted to be a Billion Dollar Industry by 2025

According to a report published yesterday, virtual reality porn is predicted to be a billion dollar industry within a decade :

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Your eyes open to a beautiful woman, scantily clad in red lace lingerie. She bats her eyes flirtatiously, then slowly makes her way over to you.

But this is not a flesh-and-blood woman; it’s a three-dimensional performer in a 360-degree immersive video so convincing you can barely tell the difference. In virtual reality, as nowhere else, donning a pair of clunky goggles allows you to pursue your wildest sexual fantasies.

For virtual reality to become a viable business, pornography, which tends to rank among any new technology’s earliest and most eager adopters, will need to play a starring role, analysts say.

By 2025, such adult content is forecast to be a $1 billion business, the third-biggest virtual-reality sector, after videogames ($1.4 billion) and NFL-related content ($1.23 billion), according to estimates from Piper Jaffray. It’s the next “mega tech theme” in the U.S., akin to the mobile-phone industry 15 years ago, analyst Gene Munster said.

The relationship between adult film and virtual reality will likely be mutually beneficial for the top players — with pornography bolstering the sales and use of headsets, and subscriptions giving the porn industry a much-desired new revenue stream, said Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.

“It could revolutionize an industry that has been stagnant for many years,” he said.

The porn industry is betting new advances in the technology can convince more people to pay for the content, since sales of traditional adult video have actually been slowing. Revenue growth among adult and pornographic websites increased at an annualized rate of just 0.3% to $3.3 billion over the five-year period ending in 2015, as the business grapples with high piracy rates and the proliferation of free sites such as PornHub that offer homemade content with few ads, according to IBISWorld Market Research.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-the-future-of-virtual-reality-depends-on-porn-2015-07-15

Meanwhile, another VR porn pay site has launched – BadoinkVR promises full 360 degree VR porn movies that puts you in the middle of orgy scenes.

http://nypost.com/2015/07/15/virtual-reality-porn-site-promoting-immersive-experience/

And the biggest porn site online – PornHub – are pushing virtual sex through a realistic ‘robotic twerking ass’ that can be synchronised with their vr porn movies :

http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/09/the-vr-for-porn-trend-continues-pornhub-launches-the-twerking-butt/

Oculus Rift Porn Will Be Allowed

The founder of the Oclus Rift has quashed concerns that Facebook might attempt to block virtual porn from playing on its VR headsets. Facebook bought the company behind the Rift for billions of dollars last year, but the man who created the device and who is still in charge of developing it specifically stated that Virtual Reality Porn is coming..

Oculus VR does not intend to stop the adult entertainment industry from using its Rift virtual reality headset as a platform for virtual erotica, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey said during a panel at the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Conference on Monday.

“The Rift is an open platform. We don’t control what software can run on it,” Luckey said in response to question about intentions to block X-rated content or apps, according to Variety. “And that’s a big deal.”

http://uk.ign.com/articles/2015/05/19/oculus-rift-will-be-open-to-virtual-reality-porn

Could (Virtual) Porn Determine the Race to Commercialize Virtual Reality?

Oscar Quine of British Newspaper ‘The Independent’ asks whether the VR race will be determined by pornographers seeking to make a fortune from the coming virtual worlds…

Toby is one of a handful of people around the world engaged in a pornographic space race. The first man to the moon will be he who achieves video-quality interactive content. An immersive porn videogame, if you like, in which the character(s) of your choosing will respond to your every prompt and indulge your every fantasy. Because of technology like his, the graphics won’t just be lifelike, they will be perfect representations of the real world. And for an industry beleaguered by the explosion of free video sites, a game-changing, paid-for product like this can’t come along soon enough.

As with Apollo and Sputnik, the technology comes with a hefty price tag. In the centre of Toby’s studio stands a rig of 150 Canon 100D cameras pointed inward from every conceivable angle to a central stage. This is where he photographs the models. A set of images taken simultaneously is processed by a computer 100 times more powerful than a home PC to create a VR reproduction in intricate detail.

Toby has spent £250,000 on the set-up to date – and needs another £1-2m to trade up to video cameras. He’s confident it’s a shrewd investment. “When it hits the consumer market, it’s going to go absolutely mental,” he says, earmarking next year for the first interactive VR products. “I don’t think the public are aware of what’s going to happen.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/sex-industry/electric-ladyland-is-the-real-virtual-reality-spacerace-being-fought-not-by-games-companies-but-by-hightech-pornographers-10248651.html

Oculus Rift Combined With Tenga Produces Virtual Handjobs

Manufacturers of the pioneering virtual reality headset ‘Oculus Rift’ have teamed up with Japans leading male sex toy company to produce the world’s first robotic virtual reality handjobs.

The Second Law of Robotics is: A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings.

Over the weekend, a virtual sex simulator debuted in Japan, Kotaku reported. The “VR Tenga” is the product of a joint effort from adult toy company Tenga and virtual reality pioneer Oculus VR, the company behind an immersive virtual reality headset called the Oculus Rift.

“The device attaches a Novint Falcon—a grip-based, haptic controller—to a Tenga, a Japanese industrial masturbator. Used as intended, the user would insert his penis into the Tenga, which would be manipulated by the Falcon. All the while the user views on his Oculus some sort of visual stimulation synced to the movement of the hybrid Falcon/Tenga.”

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Virtual Sex is the Future according to the Sexperts

The following article appeared on the web in 2006, but as it appears to have been taken down and should be of great interest to readers, I thought I would reproduce it here in its entirety :

NEW YORK, APRIL 18 2006 : When America’s top sex researchers gathered recently to discuss the next decade in their field, some envisioned a future in which artificial sex partners could cater to every fantasy.
“What is very likely to be present before 2016 would be a multi-sensual experience of virtual sex,” said Julia Heiman, director of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University, Bloomington.

There is a possibility of developing erotic materials for yourself that would allow you to create a partner of certain dimensions and qualities, the partner saying certain things in that interaction, certain things happening in that interaction.”

A field dubbed “teledildonics” already allows people at two remote computers to manipulate electronic devices such as a vibrator at the other end for sexual purposes.

“People who use it are just blown away,” said Steve Rhodes, president of Sinulate Entertainment, which has sold thousands of Internet-connected sex devices over the past three years. “This is not something that just the lunatic fringe does.”

“The Iraq war…was kind of a boom for our company.”

Gina Lynn, who writes the Sex Drive column for Wired magazine, says she has used and enjoyed the Sinulator and says there is no reason to fear the technology.

“People are still really afraid of…any sort of combination of sex and technology and of the Internet,” she said. “What people are missing here is the point, which is the human connection that we are facilitating through the technology.”

“No one who is even inventing this stuff wants or even thinks that technology could ever replace human connection or sex.”

Annie Sprinkle, a former adult film actress, prostitute and author of “Spectacular Sex,” said teledildonics are a logical outgrowth of improvements in pleasure devices.

“Now people use vibrators like mad and rightly so; the technology of sex toys has vastly improved,” she said. “The more options the better; I mean it can never replace body to body.”

“Some people will love it more than anything else and others won’t be into it.”

SEX WITH A PORN STAR

Entrepreneurs are also seeking to fuse explicit video imagery with real-life tactile sensation.

Brad Abram, president of XStream3D Multimedia, said his firm’s “Virtually Jenna,” an online game in which the player has sex with realistic cartoon of porn star Jenna Jameson, can link hardware devices following the action to genitalia.

“None of the big publishers will probably venture in there so we could be like the Hustler or the Playboy or whatever, the Penthouse of adult gaming,” the Vancouver, Canada-based Abram said. “Sex toys is a huge business.”

His service, without the hardware, costs $29.95 a month, and he said several hundred thousand people have tried the online sex gam to date. He expects the hardware area of such simulations to grow rapidly.

Is it possible to go a step further and come up with a sex robot such as that portrayed by actor Jude Law in the 2001 film “AI: Artificial Intelligence” or the orgasmatron machine of the 1973 Woody Allen movie Sleeper?

Carl DiSalvo, a doctoral candidate at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design, has helped design a robotic device that simulates the warmth and feeling of a hug. He said such work could be expanded into the realm of sex.

“That hardly seems to be difficult,” he said. But “a realistic encounter is where the thing gets to be much more expensive.”

Companies such as realdoll.com sell very lifelike human-size sex dolls without electronics for $6,500, not including $500 shipping. DiSalvo is skeptical about the demand for such high-end devices, as is San Francisco sexologist Carol Queen.

“I do find that a world full of people getting it on with you know, perfect gizmos instead of each other has some sort of a post-Orwellian kind of sense to it,” she said. “I don’t really think that most people are going to want this.”

Others suspect the technology is also far off. “Right now they are having trouble making robots that just sweep floors,” said Pepper Schwartz, a sociology professor at the University of Washington in Seattle and author of many books on sex.

“You know, we’re talking about a big jump from something saying ‘You are so sexy, I want you’ to mimicking all the things that would create a cyborg. We’re not at the cyborg level yet.”

ALL IN THE MIND

Going even a level further, other researchers say in decades to come advanced devices will be able to stimulate the brain to create a sexual experience without manipulating genitalia.

Marvin Minsky, a pioneer in the study of artificial intelligence dating back to 1951, said such devices could either trigger an actual physical response from the brain, or have the entire experience take place in the mind with the sensation of sex — but without the mess or risk of sexually transmitted disease.

“It’s bound to happen … and is not as far off as some people think,” Minsky, a professor emeritus at MIT, said of direct brain manipulation. “They are doing things with monkeys but it is not a big world-class industry yet, so that could take 20-30 years.”

“But if the game (industry) people got involved in some underdeveloped country that didn’t have any laws against it, it could all happen twice as fast.”

Some researchers warn that too much fantasy could prove adverse to everyday human interaction.

“There is a great deal of pushing people out of social relations into a kind of simulated relationship, which in fact decreases what is essential in human life, which is sociability — one’s capacity to relate to other people,” said John Gagnon, a veteran researcher and author on many books on sexuality.

Peter Singer on Love and Sex with Robots

Peter Singer, one of the most controversial intellectual figures in the world, and yet also the most respected moral philosopher, lends his gravitas to the question that concerns us all the most : How soon will we be humping humanoids and should the femi-nazis and bible bashers allow us to?

In his book Love and Sex with Robots , David Levy goes further, suggesting that we will fall in love with warm, cuddly robots, and even have sex with them. (If the robot has multiple sexual partners, just remove the relevant parts, drop them in disinfectant, and, voilà, no risk of sexually transmitted diseases!) But what will the presence of a “sexbot” do to the marital home? How will we feel if our spouse starts spending too much time with an inexhaustible robotic lover?

Singer is a ‘consequentalist’ philosopher, which means he measures the moral rightness of an action strictly according to the good or bad consequences it has.  His ability to apply this utilitarian logic on to everyday practical moral problems such as abortion, animal rights, and euthanasia, has gained him both his respect as a philosopher and the hatred and fear that his name provokes amongst traditional religious moralists.  For example, whilst arguing that abortion is generally morally acceptable (because the unborn baby is not yet a person and that birth is not a morally significant dividing line), he isn’t afraid to draw out the full implications of his reasoning – that infanticide is also, in certain circumstances at least, also justified.  He has also claimed on similar grounds that killing animals is sometimes more wrong than killing a handicapped infant – an intelligent animal, such as a chimpanzee, might be closer to being a person (a ‘rational’ being) than the mentally handicapped infant ever will, and could experience a meaningful and happy life more than the human infant.  According to Singer, it would be ‘speciest’ to deny otherwise.

In his article ‘Rights for Robots’ that appeared at Project Syndicate, Singer talks about how our propensity to unfairly promote our own species interests above that of others, may lead us to abusing and exploiting even sentient robots :

For the moment, a more realistic concern is not that robots will harm us, but that we will harm them. At present, robots are mere items of property. But what if they become sufficiently complex to have feelings? After all, isn’t the human brain just a very complex machine?

If machines can and do become conscious, will we take their feelings into account? The history of our relations with the only nonhuman sentient beings we have encountered so far – animals – gives no ground for confidence that we would recognize sentient robots not just as items of property, but as beings with moral standing and interests that deserve consideration.

Q & A with David Levy – Love and Sex with Robots

David Levy is the author of ‘Love and Sex with Robots’, a book which puts forward the shocking and yet tantalising suggestion that humans will be not only be having sex with ultra-realistic androids in the year 2050, they will also be marrying them.   Scientific American magazine carried a Q&A interview with him last year.  Here is an excerpt :

If people fall in love with robots, aren’t they just falling in love with an algorithm?

 
It’s not that people will fall in love with an algorithm, but that people will fall in love with a convincing simulation of a human being, and convincing simulations can have a remarkable effect on people.

When I was 10, I was in Madame Tussauds waxworks in London with my aunt. I wanted to find someone to get to some part of the exhibition and I saw someone, and it didn’t dawn on me for a few seconds that that person was a waxwork. It had a profound effect on me—that not everything is as it seems, and that simulations can be very convincing. And that was just a simple waxwork.

And if you or others could be taken in just by a wax figure, even for a moment, imagine what a realistic robotic simulation of a person would do. But if people are aware that a robot’s just electronics, won’t that be an obstacle to true love?

By 40 or 50 years, everyone of a marriageable age will have grown up with electronics all around them at home, and not see them as abnormal. People who grow up with all sorts of electronic gizmos will find android robots to be fairly normal as friends, partners, lovers.

I recently read ‘Love and Sex with Robots’ and would recommend it to anybody interested in virtual sex and the future of ‘artificial’ sex.  The only faults I found were that Levy does seem to obfuscate somewhat the distinction between appearing to be conscious, and actually being conscious.  He takes a very dogmatic approach to the Turing test (the test that proposes that if a computer appears convincingly to be conscious, then we should assume it is conscious).  Yet when it comes to actually loving and marrying the things, even the most lonely geek might demand something of a more stringent litmus test.  This somewhat casual approach to robotic consciousness also makes his discussion of the ethics of sex with robots seem even more naive than it probably is.  At one point he speculates rather offhandedly whether law makers and moralists will object to robots being programmed to be submissive sexual partners that never say no.  Surely central to any answer would be whether or not the robots are indeed conscious or not?  And if it is decided that they are, then you can bet your last dollar that the lawmakers and moralists will indeed get involved.

Despite my personal objections to some aspects of his conclusions, Love and Sex with Robots is a truly fascinating and well researched look at what the near future might be bringing to your bedroom.  Click to read the Scientific American article on David Levy – Love and Sex with Robots.

Virtual Sex for the disabled, the aged, and the lonely

While the inevitable moralists may see new dangers and evils lying around the virtual sex corner, it can’t be denied that breakthroughs in teledildonics and haptic technology have the potential to change people’s lives for the better.  Think of the disabled, the aged, or even the plain lonely and luckless in love, unable for whatever reason to experience the fundamental right to a sex life, and yet in a matter of years could be experiencing daily (virtual) sex more mindblowing than even the most successful playboys and lotharios of today could imagine.

I was rather moved by a review I read this morning from an extremely satisfied customer of the revolutionary new RealTouch virtual sex device.  The man related how he and his wife were no longer able to exprience a sex life due to accident and infirmary :

In 2000, my wife was in a horrible auto accident and now has an artificial hip. In 2006, I crash my airplane and now have an artifical spinal segment. Sex for us is almost impossible now, although we try our best! However, when both people are moining and groining because of the pain in our bones, it kinda takes the fun out of it.

The RealTouch, however, has already enabled him to achieve the thrill of sex once more.  He ends with a touching plea to AEBN, the  makers of RealTouch, to make a wish of his and his wife come true :

I love my wife so very much, but sex has become almost impossible for us.

Please sell me the software so that I can encode my own new videos!

We have old VHS video recording of my wife and I having sex together from 20 years ago when we first got married.

We could both watch these old videos, while physically feeling what it felt like back then.

Can you make this wish come true?

RealTouch is now on sale to the general public.  Click to read more RealTouch reviews.

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