Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 22, Issue 2, Fall 2015

Charles Harvey
Pages 80-93

Sex Robots and Solipsism
Towards a Culture of Empty Contact

"Sex Robots and Solipsism" presents and reflects upon rapidly evolving developments in human-robot relations. It argues that psychological, phenomenological and neuro-physiological evidence suggests that our new media-saturated environment is eroding the human capacity for deep and prolonged concentration, empathy and attachment. As machines become more human-like, humans become more machine-like. This sets the stage for diminished relations between humans - shallow relations that are increasingly capable of being replaced by relations with artificially intelligent (and sexy) machines.