Sex robots are evolving “much faster than our minds can evolve to contend with them”, a psychologist has claimed.
Diana Fleischman also described AI dolls as an “existential risk” in an eye-opening assessment of their impact on society.
The technology used to create sex robots is continuing to surge around the world.
Sales have also surged during the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced millions around the world to stay inside.
But Ms Fleischman, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Portsmouth, believes the dolls come with heavy risks.
She writes on her website : “Taking this to its most extreme conclusion, the technology of counterfeit fitness could set up the conditions for existential risk.
“The Fermi Paradox is the unsettling idea that even though the chances of extraterrestrial life are extremely high, nobody else in the universe has contacted us, or visited us.
“Counterfeit or ‘fake’ fitness, which delivers the cues of status and sexual popularity, is evolving much faster than our minds can evolve to contend with them.
“Imagine extraterrestrial civilizations, in their millions, with their own super-advanced alien sex robots, too busy with proximate rewards to contact, colonize or destroy our little planet.
“In the shadow of desire-hacking technology, humans are going to need to get a sober view of sex differences, evolved motivations, and the best ways to exercise control to limit destruction and increase productivity.”
Her views are shared by author Jenny Kleeman, who has recently published Sex Robots & Vegan.
She travelled to California to interview sex robot manufacturers and customers.
Kleeman told Daily Star Online: “When it becomes possible to have a relationship where the only thing that matters is what one half of the partnership wants.
“Where you can have interactions and all that matters is what you want to do and what you fancy doing, and when you become used to having relationships with something that doesn’t have free will, that doesn’t have independent ambitions, or in-laws, or friends you don’t like, then going out and having relationships with human beings and using empathy is going to be harder work.
“I think the danger of these robots is their ability to make empathy harder work because we won’t need to use it so much in our relationships with these robots.
“Human beings are complicated, a relationship with a human being involves compromise, a relationship with a robot does not involve compromise.
“And if you’re used to relationships where you don’t have to compromise, and you don’t have to think what the other person is thinking you might, for certain kinds of people, spend a lot more time with a robot than they would with real human beings because it’s more hard work to be with a human being that you have to compromise and empathise with.”
She continues in her book: “If we can have babies without having to bear children, eat meat without killing animals, have the ideal sexual relationship without compromise, have a perfect death without suffering, how else will human nature be changed forever?
“Without us realising it, human existence is being redefined in ways no one can determine or control.”