Sunday Salons are an important institution for friends and members of the Future Society. On Sunday, March 5 2017, thirteen of us came together in a cozy living room in Cambridge for an open conversation about the social, economic and technology trends that are shaping the future of human sexuality.
The Salon attracted a unique group—diverse in age, professional background, nationality and academic discipline.
- Will sex-tech—like virtual reality, realistic robots, connected toys and human augmentation—increase human intimacy, or deepen social isolation?
- What are the social and emotional implications of divorcing sex from reproduction?
- The porn industry shaped the architecture of the internet—from online video streaming, to e-commerce and online credit card billing. What role might the sex industry play in future technologies?
- There is a risk that sex tech will lead to general artificial intelligence—how do we respond to this risk today?
- What is the relationship between sex and the state? Will we see an increase in governments trying to control the reproductive capacity of citizens?
- If we create sentient sex robots, should they have rights? What limits should there be on how we can treat them?
- What are the laws of sexual assault in virtual reality?
If you’re as excited as we are about these topics, or are just seeking some further (intellectual) stimulation, check out these resources.
- The Third International Congress on Sex and Love with Robots (to be held in December 2017)
- Engadget, We know nothing about the future of sex robots
- Business Insider, How porn drives innovation in tech
- Big Think, 10 Human Body Modifications You can Expect in the next Decade
- Henry T. Greely, The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction
For something lighter that you can still justify as research, consider:
Vice-Chair, The Future Society at HKS