Work is under way on a sex robot that will be able to follow humans around using eyes powered by artificial intelligence (AI).
In new book, Sex Robots and Vegan Meat, author Jenny Kleeman interviews a budding sex doll entrepreneur named Roberto Cardenas.
He claims he has produced a prototype of a sex doll that can "stay upright by herself, sit down and crawl".
Cardenas has spent four years working on Android Love Dolls for Eden Robotics, his part-time project.
And he claims that when his dolls are released, they will be equipped with AI eyes so advanced they can follow customers around.
In Kleeman's book, Cardenas writes: "We're going to make it so her eyes can follow you.
"People in the doll community want warm skin, so I'm going to try and invent some sensors in the skin to raise the temperature – silicone can burn really fast, so I'm trying to see how I can do that safely.
"Some people have also said they want the doll self-lubricate – I'm working on that."
He added: "Right now I am working on the skeleton. For most of last week I was putting new, more powerful motors in the legs.
"The old ones were too weak. I work on it every day. I've always been interested in robotics. This is my passion. I love this. I love my job."
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He claims five customers have already paid in advance for his dolls, which will cost punters between $8,000 and $10,000.
But he faces stiff competition, with leading manufacturer Abyss Creation plotting the same technology.
It is hoping to produce sex robots that not only recognise customers, but start conversations with humans they do and don't know.
For her book, Kleeman flew to the US to interview a range of sex robot manufacturers and customers.
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Speaking to Daily Star Online about her research, she said: "When it becomes possible to have a relationship where the only thing that matters is what one half of the partnership wants.
"Where you can have interactions and all that matters is what you want to do and what you fancy doing, and when you become used to having relationships with something that doesn't have free will, that doesn't have independent ambitions, or in-laws, or friends you don't like, then going out and having relationships with human beings and using empathy is going to be harder work.
"I think the danger of these robots is their ability to make empathy harder work because we won't need to use it so much in our relationships with these robots.
"Human beings are complicated, a relationship with a human being involves compromise, a relationship with a robot does not involve compromise.
"And if you're used to relationships where you don't have to compromise, and you don't have to think what the other person is thinking you might, for certain kinds of people, spend a lot more time with a robot than they would with real human beings because it's more hard work to be with a human being that you have to compromise and empathise with."
She continues in her book: "If we can have babies without having to bear children, eat meat without killing animals, have the ideal sexual relationship without compromise, have a perfect death without suffering, how else will human nature be changed forever?
"Without us realising it, human existence is being redefined in ways no one can determine or control."
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