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AI development in sex robots has the potential for manipulation and coercion.


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"AI development in sex robots requires immediate policy attention, presents special risks and opportunities to develop manipulative/coercive AI. Advanced machine learning may allow robots to cultivate love and devotion, the ability to elicit personal information or to manipulate and influence behavior. These capabilities are all theoretically possible, and perhaps more importantly, they are profitable for AI sex robots to cultivate. With the worldwide sex technology reportedly worth 30 billion USD (Kleeman, 2017), the market may incentivize the development of AI capabilities that may be vastly more consequential than blinking silicon sex dolls." Quoted from "Sex Robots — A Harbinger for Emerging AI Risk." See also: "Sexbots: The Ethical Ramifications of Social Robotics' Dark Side."

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