Episode 71: Sex in Space and Sex with Robots
January 28, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller
Space travel is a rapidly expanding industry. In the near future, people are going to be traveling and maybe even living outside of Earth’s atmosphere for prolonged periods of time. This raises a lot of interesting questions about how we can make life in outer space compatible with human needs, including our sexual and intimate needs. However, space organizations aren’t talking about sex in space, and they aren’t studying it either. But if we’re going to build spacefaring societies, this is something we need to understand. So what are the potential benefits and risks of sex in space, and how can we overcome the challenges?
This episode is going to take you to the final frontiers of sex. We’re not only going to explore what we know about space sex, but also sex with robots. My guest is Simon Dubé, a Public Scholar and PhD candidate in psychology at Concordia University specializing in human sexuality, sextech, and erobotics, which is the study of human-machine erotic interaction and co-evolution. He is a student representative of the International Academy of Sex Research and a general co-Chair of the International Congress on Love & Sex with Robots. Some of the topics we explore include:
- Why is there so much resistance to studying sex in space and sex with robots?
- What are the potential benefits and risks of sex in space?
- How can we overcome the challenges of sex in space in order to maximize the benefits?
- Should space crews and missions only consist of members of the same sex?
- What are the potential benefits and risks of sex with robots?
- What do modern sex robots look like, and how much do they cost?
- How does the issue of consent work when it comes to sex robots?
- Can sex robots help us to become better lovers for human partners?
To learn more about Simon, follow him on Twitter @SciDub11
If you’d like to take part in some of Simon’s research on erobotics, email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about current and upcoming participation opportunities.
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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.Read full bio >