Lumi Dolls robot brothel
Released: February 2017
Occurred: March 2017
Lumi Dolls is the world's first robot brothel. Located in Barcelona, Spain, the venue is staffed by four 'hyper-realistic' robot prostitutes that cost around EUR 120 an hour.
Lumi Dolls says the dolls are properly disinfected with antibacterial soaps before and after each client session. It recommends using condoms, which are provided free of charge.
Promoted as somewhere customers can act out their 'wildest fantasies', reports say it was forced to turn away individuals wanting to act out rape fantasies and paedophile abuse.
The opening also prompted ethicists and civil rights advocates to voice their concerns about human-machine anthropomorphism.
University of Sheffield AI expert Professor Noel Sharkey argued in a 2017 Foundation for Responsible Robotics report that guilt-free sex with a submissive doll or robot could encourage the objectification of women, abuse, rape, and paedophilia.
Operator: Lumi Dolls
Developer: Lumi Dolls
Purpose: Provide sexual services
Issue: Ethics; Anthropomorphism; Employment - jobs