As a society, Dr. Pearson believes it will take awhile for people to accept these relations between man and machine just like it took ages to accept the adult film industry.
He believes that as the robots improve in their look and feel, more and more people will be drawn to this idea and opinions will change.
Dr. Pearson said ‘A lot of people will still have reservations about [intimate relation] with robots at first but gradually as they get used to them, as the AI and mechanical behaviour and their feel improves,’
‘And they start to become friends with strong emotional bonds, that squeamishness will gradually evaporate. While some people will enthusiastically embrace relationship-free robot relations as soon as they can afford one as early as 2025. It won’t have much chance of overtaking relations with humans overall until 2050.’
Dr. Pearson also pointed to the fact that robots have actually been used for human pleasure for decades now in the form of vibrators.
In the report Dr. Pearson also predicts that the pleasure market will grow by three times in twenty years and seven times bigger by 2050.
People are always looking for ways to spice up their intimate relations and he backs this up with the fact that the pleasure toy market grows by 6% every year.
And right on cue, there is already a campaign led by Dr. Kathleen Richardson called ‘Campaign Against Pleasure Robots.’ They believe they are dangerous and will create unrealistic and unhealthy attitudes and expectations towards intimate relations.