David Levy, who took home this year's Loebner Prize for most human-like chatbot and famously lost a $5000 bet in 1989 when the computer Deep Thought beat him in a game of chess, has had a keen interest in human-AI carnal relations since writing his 2007 book Love and Sex with Robots. He believes that, as sexbot AIs more convincingly ape humans and as artificial skin becomes more realistic, sex robots could save the adult entertainment industry and be a great boon to the lonely:

There will be a huge amount of publicity when products like this hit the market. As soon as the media starts writing about 'My fantastic weekend with a sex doll', it will be like the iPhone all over again, but the queues will be longer.

I am firmly convinced there will be a huge demand from people who have a void in their lives because they have no one to love, and no one who loves them. The world will be a much happier place because all those people who are now miserable will suddenly have someone. I think that will be a terrific service to mankind.

Let's talk about sex ... with robots [Guardian]