Det er pornografien som driver teknologien, hevder noen. Da er det rimelig at noen tenker motsatt. Hvordan har teknologien forandret våre sexliv? Her er noen svar. Først avanserte digitale hjelpemidler:
Each year at the Adult Entertainment Expo, the industry demonstrates its commitment to XXX innovation. Recent years have seen the launch of several high-tech, multifunction sex toys, including a partners’ vibrator called the We-Vibe, which can be used by both partners at once; a virtual sex device called the RealTouch For Men, which syncs up with digital media for a more realistic experience; a sex robot named Roxxxy; and an iPod attachment called the OhMiBod, which is a vibrator that pulsates in time as the music plays.
Courtship, sex, and love can take place in virtual worlds, like the user-created Second Life. Individuals create custom avatars to represent themselves, then interact with other «residents» of the Second Life community. Sex between avatars is quite common–there are even virtual sex toys for sale that Residents can purchase for their avatars. People have been known to form deep relationships with one another via Second Life, and sex between avatars can have real world implications: last year a woman filed for divorce after she caught her husband’s avatar engaging in sexual activity with another male avatar.
In 2002, Wired predicted that, in 20 years, looking for love online would become the norm. Eight years later, Internet dating sites are already anything but taboo. eHarmony and Match.com are two popular forums for singles seeking «traditional» love, while virtual dating websites like OmniDate pair digital avatars and place them into romantic «date» settings. Some statistics suggest that one in eight couples married in the US met via social media.
Immobile «sex dolls» have been around since Ancient Greece, and they remain part of sex culture today–but in all new forms. In the words of Douglas Hine, creator of Roxxxy the sex robot, «Sex only goes so far – then you want to be able to talk to the person.» Thanks to Artificial Intelligence, sex robots like Roxxxy can sense motion and touch and even speak. For instance, Roxxxy says «I love holding hands with you» when her hand is touched; she also has a more intimate vocabulary for sexual stimulation. While sex robots cannot yet imitate true human movement, startlingly lifelike ‘bots called Actroids exist for non-sexual purposes and can not only speak but can gesture emphatically, the way humans do.
Location-based social networking apps allow smartphone users to search and connect with people in their area. Apps like Skout Dating: A Singles Network help singles find and coordinate dates, while services like PinPointsX facilitate casual hookups. There are also gender-exclusive social apps, like the all-male Grindr.
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Cybersex, a form of intercourse that takes place over the Internet, is more accessible and available in far more forms than ever. Gone are the days of AOL Chatrooms. Today websites like ChatRoulette host live, spontaneous video chats between strangers, some of whom engage in virtual sex acts. Other sites, like Cupid Cams, are devoted explicitly to video sex. Of course, there’s alwayssextingas a form of electronic flirtation, where partners send explicit text messages or racy photos to one another. Sexting scandals made headlines this past year, and debate currently rages over underaged sexting. The much-touted FaceTime video chat feature for iPhone 4 could even bring a new level to cybersex by combining sexting, video sex and phone sex.
Brave new world. Et dypdykk i våre drifter i Dyade 4 1993: Sinne, sult og sex.