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John-danaher
John Danaher
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Stephen Law

Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications

John Danaher and Stephen Law Chaired by Nigel Shadbolt

Monday, 19 March 2018

12:00pm

1 hour

Jesus College: Ship Street Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

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Law lecturer and expert in law and emerging technologies John Danaher says it may not be long before humans can have sex with robots. He discusses the implications with author and philosopher Dr Stephen Law.

What is a sex robot? How likely is it that they will be developed in the future? Could they dehumanise us and remove the joy of shared relationships. Could they have a therapeutic benefit and help to improve relationships by fulfilling unmet needs?

Danaher is a lecturer in law at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has co-edited a new book Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications that includes contributions on what a sex robot is, what it might mean for human relations and the case for and against their development.

Law is a philosopher and author who has written several philosophy books for children, including The Complete Philosophy Files, and prize-winning adult introductions such as The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking. He is also the editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy journal THINK: Philosophy for Everyone.

Discussions are chaired by Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, principal of Jesus College, chairman and co-founder of the Open Data Institute and a leading web scientist.

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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