Arguably the world’s most famous sex doll, Samantha has a new feature: consent.

Samantha will now go into ‘dummy mode’ if she detects that her user is being too aggressive or if she feels bored by her user’s sexual behaviour. Dummy mode doesn’t mean you can’t engage in sexual activities with Samantha, it just means she won’t respond physically or verbally.

Samantha’s inventor, Dr. Sergi Santos unveiled the new feature at the Life Science Center in Newcastle, England earlier this week. Santos says he created the new feature at the insistence of his wife.

Sex robot will go ‘lifeless’ when used aggressively or disrespectfully

When in dummy mode, the motorized parts of Samantha’s body, her hands, arms, hips, facial expressions, etc will shut down. It seems like the feature is meant to simulate consent, however, the naming this feature dummy mode has more than just a little irony, as the user would likely continue their activity even after Samantha goes into dummy mode, and the implications of continuing after the doll withdraws consent are more than just a little messed up.

While the feature might encourage some users to treat the robot with more respect and care to avoid it going into dummy mode, others could arguably seek out the lifeless robot by abusing it. There are no consequences of using the robot when in dummy mode which seems to void the reasons the feature was invented in the first place.

Sex robots are still a new idea and so any long terms effects of their effects haven’t been able to be done yet, however initial evidence says that they don’t have much of a positive impact on sexuality generally. Experts say that there is no evidence yet that sex dolls curb sex trafficking, or promote healthier sexual practices, which their proponents claim.

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