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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 BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University The Feathers Hotel Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Bayard Presse Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services Steer