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
17% of Us Would Have Sex With a Robot
Would you get busy with a robot?   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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.)

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