Sex robots are set to be installed with artificial intelligence (AI)-powered eyes that will enable them to recognise humans and start conversations.
Author and documentary-maker, Jenny Kleeman, spoke to Daily Star Online about her visit to the Abyss Creations factory in San Diego.
It is home to the world's most elite sex robots that are the subject of soaring global demand.
But incredibly, Kleeman says they are about to get even more realistic by having their own vision.
Using AI eyes installed in their heads, they will be able to recognise people they know and those they don't.
And what's more, they will be able to start a conversation after registering who the person is.
The factory makes robots for RealDoll, the firm run by Matt McMullen, one of the world's leading developers who created the Harmony sex robot.
Kleeman says: "Matt has big plans for Harmony's future. They are working on her vision system; soon her facial recognition will be such that she'll realise when someone she's never met before has walked into the room and she'll ask who they are.
"Once the full body system is available, it will have heating so she will be at body temperature, and a set of internal and external sensors, so she knows when she's being touched."
Kleeman added that she felt sex robots were beginning to "redefine human existence".
Commenting on her visit to California, she told Daily Star Online: "When it becomes possible to have a relationship where the only thing that matters is what one half of the partnership wants.
Sex robots are 'redefining human existence' after unprecedented AI upgrades
"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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