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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 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 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 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 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