In this Medea Vox episode, we talk about sex, intimacy and robots. The basis of the discussion are so-called Real Dolls, which are hyper-realistic sex dolls. Professor Jeffrey Bardzell has studied how people describe their interactions with these dolls and their motivations for using them. This research can help us understand how to design for intimacy, sexuality and self-care.
This is a conversation between Malmö University media scholar Bojana Romic and Jeffrey Bardzell, Professor of Informatics at Indiana University, whose research includes studies on maker communities, online creative communities, and intimate and sexual interaction. Also read Bardzell et al’s article Of Dolls and Men: Anticipating Sexual Intimacy with Robots published in the journal ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction.