Men can now buy customised ‘girlfriends’ as women provide their voices for sex robots
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Women can now make money by providing voices for sex robots - so that buyers can customise their dolls to have the exact sound they desire.
The voice packs, which come as an extra after purchasing the doll, will feature 'sex noises' and 'romantic talk’.
A website, called VoiceBook, lets women anonymously submit their voices to lend to Samantha, a sex robot created by Dr Sergi Santos.
People purchasing the doll can then chose different types of voice for their own 'girlfriend'.
But customisation will cost buyers an extra £143 on top of the £2,500 for the sex robot itself.
This means that women lending their voices to Samantha will be able to rake in the cash as they'll get paid a percentage of the revenue of each voice pack sold.
Speaking to the Daily Star , Dr Santos explained: "They will be packages, and each will belong to the person giving the voice.
"If they want to stop it they will always have the control to do so.
"Payment for the voice will be a fraction of each unit sold. So the more they sell, the more they make."
In the video below, Santos unveils Samantha, showing how to switch her on and communicate with her.
Santos, who aims to develop male robots as well, said sex robots have the potential to benefit society - from helping closeted lesbian, gay and bisexual people, to preventing sexually transmitted diseases, and progressing AI technology.
Controversially, he said owning a sex robot could lead to fewer people visiting prostitutes which would combat sex trafficking.
"Should you be trafficking humans? I think it's obvious - no. So what we should do is stop that, and make people spend the money on the doll," he said.
However ethicist and founder of the Campaign Against Sex Robots Kathleen Richardson disagrees that sex robots will curb sex trafficking but says they will be another "option on the menu" alongside human prostitutes.
"I don't think sex robots will reduce sex trafficking. It will just become another option on the menu for an already distorted and dehumanised commercial market," said Richardson, an academic at De Montfort University who has been studying robotics for more than a decade.
"There's something more insidious going on in sex trafficking about how you control and dominate another human being - and the pleasure you derive from rape."
Richardson said sex dolls and robots could even be dangerous, used as proxies to act out fantasies like rape or paedophilia.
But Santos sticks firmly by his decision.
He said: "Technology is always like that: people are against it, people are for it. But eventually, if you develop technology in the right way, you'll always have many benefits for people," he said.