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Designing Virtuous Sex Robots
By Anco Peeters and Pim Haselager
We propose that virtue ethics can be used to address ethical issues central to discussions about sex robots. In particular, we argue virtue ethics is well equipped to focus on the implications of sex robots for human moral character.
Our evaluation develops in four steps.
First, we present virtue ethics as a suitable framework for the evaluation of human - robot relationships.
Second, we show the advantages of our virtue ethical account of sex robots by comparing it to current instrumentalist approaches, showing how the former better captures the reciprocal interaction between robots and their users.
Third, we examine how a virtue ethical analysis of intimate human - robot relationships could inspire the design of robots that support the cultivation of virtues. We suggest that a sex robot which is equipped with a consent-module could
support the cultivation of compassion when used in supervised, therapeutic scenarios.
Fourth, we discuss the ethical implications of our analysis for user autonomy and responsibility.
About 210,000 people have signed a petition against the import of life-size sex dolls into South Korea.
The petition was started on the Cheong Wa Dae website a month after the Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision to allow the import of such dolls.
The petition author wrote
They are not ordinary sex toys. A life-size sex doll resembles a woman's body in every detail. It can even be customized to fit an individual's needs for hairstyle, facial structure, birthmarks or anything.
Nowadays, deepfake celebrity porn videos can easily be found online. There's no guarantee that sex dolls won't be used for such purposes. People may be shocked to find sex dolls that look just like them. If that happens, who will take
responsibility for the damage?
The Korea Customs Service refused to allow the import of life-size sex dolls of any kind on legal grounds as there is a ban on the import of morally degrading products. But it faced a legal challenge in 2017 by a Korean company that took the
issue to court.
A district court in Seoul ruled in favor of Incheon Main Customs, saying such dolls would degrade human beings' dignity. But an appeals court overturned the decision, saying state intervention must be minimized in such private matters, which was
upheld by the top court.