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SAY “HELLO” TO HARMONY, SAMANTHA, ROXIE AND HANK… - MARCH 19 - 1.00pm

The oldest known sex toy...

...is 27,000 years old. So now you know. Proving of course that’s there’s nothing new under the sun. Sure, sex robots are 21st Century but even our primitive cousins clearly liked to ‘enhance’.
Tragically, despite its rather “Ooh er Missus’ title, this was an absolutely FASCINATING conversation - probably one of the most tantalising I’ve ever attended - yet sadly only a handful of people turned up.
Astonishing; in fact I spent the first five minutes just seething about the injustice of it all. But for those of us who did have the good sense to make an appearance, it was revelatory. After all, considering the considerable investment involved, why would you name the world’s first male sex robot…’Hank’? And surely ‘Harmony’, ‘Samantha’ and ‘Roxie’ are hardly original names for his female counterparts?
As much a philosophical debate as a ‘clinical’ one, ‘Robot Sex’ author John Danaher brilliantly outlined the new micro-chipped world of carnal pleasure that awaits us all over the next 10 years.
Was it Benny Hill funny? No.
Was it ‘Westworld’ scary? No.
Just very, very surreal.

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Global banking partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars allmanhall Jane and Roderick Gibbs Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Royds Withy King Lawyers to the festival Intesa Sanpaolo Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Mary and Cecil Quillen The Oxford Artisan Distillery Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine