Designing Love or Sex: A SCOT Analysis of a Sex Robot Creator's Vision


Publication/Creation Date
May 27 2021
Creators/Contributors
Annette Masterson (creator)
Temple University (contributor)
Matt McMullen (contributor)
RealBotix, LLC (contributor)
Media Type
Video Lecture
Persuasive Intent
Academic
Description
At the International Communication Association Conference 2021, Annette Masterson presents a social construction of technology (SCOT) analysis of ReallDoll and Realbotix's sex robots, including Harmony. By analyzing CEO Matt McMullen's discourse through media interviews, three main themes are identified - companionship, creation, and sentience. Masterson notes that McMullen "positions Harmony not as a sexual object, but a companion that users can have sex with. Though he doesn't believe that she will replace human interactions and relationships, he feels like she and other systems like her are the future of human-machine relations".
HCI Platform
Robotical
Relation to Body
Around
Related Body Part
Genitals
Marketing Keywords
ICA 2021, RealDoll, Realbotix, Harmony