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Our obsession with sex robots degrades us all

The fantasy of an obedient female robot is disturbing

By Kathleen Richardson  
A scene from Ex-Machina

A scene from Ex-Machina

At a robotics conference in 2015, I was surprised to hear a presenter argue that the sci-fi film Ex Machina was a “love story.” Ex Machina is about a wealthy programmer who builds a robot woman and invites his employee to take the Turing Test—which tests whether he can tell the difference between a human and a machine. The robot woman is locked in a room and cannot leave voluntarily. Her “rescuer” only wants to help her because he is sexually attracted to her.…

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