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Sexbots for Older Disabled Adults? Researcher Says It’s ‘Nothing to Be Ashamed of’



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SEATTLE — As social isolation continues to be a problem for those with disabilities ages 65 and older, a University of Washington professor is considering how robots could be developed to provide senior citizens welcome companionship and even sexual fulfillment.

Nancy Jecker, professor of bioethics and humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, just published a paper on the topic: “Nothing to be ashamed of: sex robots for older adults with disabilities.”

In the paper, Jecker connects the current trend of robotics and artificial intelligence with the rapidly growing ranks of senior citizens who are living longer but are often lonely and disabled.

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