Sex robots are taking over the world, which is good news for people who want to fuck but can’t be bothered to deal with other humans, and bad news for people who don’t want to be murdered by a sex robot. With the rise of sex robots comes the presumptive rise of sex robot brothels, including one proposed brothel that would require patrons to obtain consent. Of course, whether or not robots can consent to anything is sort of up in the air, though HBO has already devoted two seasons to pondering this very question.
According to The Daily Beast, the consent-seeking sex robot brothel is the brainchild of alleged cult leader Unicole Unicron, who recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to bring said establishment to West Hollywood in the near future. The brothel, dubbed “Eve’s Robot Dreams,” purports to be “the first consent-focused robot brothel in the world,” where patrons meet and chat with companion Real Doll bots in a cafe, then invite their preferred doll to a private room. In order to bone the bot, though, they have to spend enough time chatting with the doll through a chat bot app, and the dolls are free to reject whomever they feel hasn’t built up enough of a connection.
Unicron, who has posted a series of sex robot-related videos on their YouTube page, told The Daily Beast the brothel will function as the arm of their cult, Unicult, in order to “spread matriarchal change through AI and robots,” and that by requiring brothel patrons to obtain consent, the establishment will cultivate a “matriarchal understanding of care.”
Of course, as one expert helpfully pointed out, just because a sex robot says they give consent doesn’t really mean they do, since they’re merely programmed to be picky and aren’t sentient. Or at least they aren’t sentient yet—cultural documents suggest it’s only a matter of time before Harrison Ford starts falling in love with them to prove otherwise. But according to Eve’s Robot Dreams’ Indiegogo page, the project’s raised under $3,000 of its $155,000 goal, so it might manifest by then.
CORRECTION: This post originally referred to Unicron as she/her. Unicron’s preferred pronouns are zi/zer or they/them. Jezebel regrets the error.