Technology is transforming human sexuality and love

The sexuality of tomorrow will not only be haptic, but radically different from how we now conceive it. The Club of Amsterdam has recently held a series of conferences in which various specialists presented their ideas about the future of sexuality with the incursion of technologies into our daily lives. Many things have changed: state-of-the-art sex toys or Internet pornography are advancing at full speed, the latter increasingly enhanced by haptic devices that allow remote contact. For the more romantic, there are more and more virtual weddings and robots threaten to become our partners for life.

The Club of Amsterdam, formed by a group of specialists in foresight (a discipline that studies the future from a scientific and technological perspective), has recently analyzed the future of sexuality as a consequence of the immersion of technology in our daily lives.

There is no doubt that technology has influenced our moral values, our way of relating socially and, also, in sexual relationships. Technology and sexuality have also been good friends since the beginning: the porn industry has been one of the first to make use of the Internet and in fact it is currently one of the most developed on the Internet, where it has become a highly lucrative business. For example, live shows such as the Asian cams have attracted tens of millions of visitors each year.

Technological advances

The prospectivists pointed out that many things have changed as a result of technological expansion: the market for sexual objects of the latest generation has exploded, the taboo of sexuality in elderly people in an aging world has come to an end; new on-line pornography formulas (such as the one that makes Second Life possible, a virtual world of social interaction that can be accessed through the Internet) and media sexuality, that is, sexuality enhanced by a means of communication. On the other hand, there have been increasing so-called haptic interfaces (connections that allow remote contact) that have considerably transformed sexuality, especially those that cover the entire body. The word haptic refers to the set of nonvisual and non-auditory sensations experienced by an individual.

But tomorrow’s sexuality will not only be haptic, that is, it will not only be stimulated by remote sensing, but perhaps also radically different from how we see it today. The direct control over the brain by means of special devices will allow us to stimulate brain areas related to sexuality, instead of the sexual organs or the erogenous zones of the body.

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