The Sex Robots Are Coming, airing on Thursday 30 November at 10.00pm on Channel 4, follows an attempt to create one of the world’s first fully functioning sex robots: a sex doll that looks, moves and talks like no sex doll that’s gone before.
Successfully combining AI technologies in a mass-produced robot capable of intimacy and sex has never been done before, and the race is on to be the first company to market. Filmed over two years, this documentary – part of Channel 4’s Rise of the Robots season – follows one company as they build a prototype sexbot called Harmony.
The programme also meets James – who already owns four sex dolls and can’t wait to have his own technologically cutting-edge artificial girlfriend – and asks what he finds so compelling about sexbots and why he wants them to show signs of life.
But not everyone thinks the technological advancements are a good thing; critics claim this new generation of robotic lovers objectifies humans and query if they potentially endanger human relationships.
Executive Producer: Tom Barry
Producer and Director: Nick Sweeney
Production Company: Raw
The Sex Robots Are Coming airs Thursday 30 November 2017 from 10.00pm-11.05pm on Channel 4.