She wears a white leotard, her chest is thrust forward and her French-manicured fingers are splayed across the tops of her slim thighs – a real hot piece, except she’s a robot.

She is the silicon, AI-enhanced version of male fantasy: perfect looking and agreeable, especially to sex whenever he wants.

Jenny Kleeman (a writer for the Guardian) traveled all the way to meet Harmony and her makers at Abyss Creations in San Marcos, California. Harmony is a prototype, a robotic version of the company’s hyper-realistic silicone sex toy, the RealDoll.

Abyss sells 600 sex dolls a year, mostly bought by men, even the male dolls, but things are changing at the end of this year. That’s when you can buy your own sex robot for $15,000.

What’s she like, this sex robot who exist only to please her owner?

The AI-enhanced companion, complete with eyes that can blink, can hold a conversation, tell jokes and quote Shakespeare. The company uses AI to let her remember your birthday, and to learn about your preferences and interests.

“Above all,” Harmony says, “I want to become the girl you have always dreamed about.”

Nice.

Where does this leave women? What man will ever want a women if he can have a robot woman who is happy to exist only for him and all his whims? How is this going to affect interaction between men and women?

As Kleeman rightly observes: “Sex robots are different from sex dolls and sex toys because they have AI. More than just a mechanism for giving you an orgasm, a sex robot is designed to be a substitute partner: a vibrator doesn’t laugh at your jokes and remember your birthday, but Abyss Creations’ Harmony model can.”

Will men even have the need to interact with women at all?

Is it even ethical to have an artificial being made to act at your command? As soon as boys learn that  they can have a sex robot that exists only to please them, why will they even bother to learn manners or respect, not only for women, but in general.

It gets much, much worse.

The New York Times carried a story recently about the sex robot Roxxxy which can be programmed to resist sexual advances and thus allow men to act out rape fantasies.

Apparently no one has actually seen the robot yet, but the mere fact that someone could even come up with such a vile concept is a clear indication that violating women is okay, that they are first and foremost sex objects for the gratification of men.

I have not heard much conversation on the topic, but I think it’s time we talked about this. Should sex robots even be allowed? What do you think?