17% of Us Would Have Sex With a Robot

Well, 'us' being the Brits who took a poll

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted May 7, 2014 11:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – Roughly 17% of us would have sex with a robot—"us," in this case, being Brits. A survey conducted by the University of Middlesex asked 2,000 people their thoughts on a range of robot-related questions, and the copulation question in particular is getting a lot of attention. As the Guardian reports, roughly one in six respondents would "have sex with an android," and another one in three (29%) were OK with others getting down with robots. But about four in 10 were creeped out by the idea, and another 14% thought robots should not be used for sex.

And there were other robot-related fears expressed. The Week reports that one in three believe robots could "spell the end of the human race," and about the same number believe a robot could steal his or her job. As for RoboCop becoming a reality, one in 10 think it'll happen within a decade. Professor Martin Smith headed up the survey, and shares his thoughts on the top 10 jobs robots will likely first grab from us in the Telegraph. Among them: train driver, chauffeur, floor cleaner, lecturer, and security guard. The poll syncs with the debut of JJ Abrams' Almost Human in the UK. (Here's something else to fear about robots.)

Would you get busy with a robot?
Would you get busy with a robot?   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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