The emergence of sex robots raises important issues about what it means to be human and the commodification of love, companionship, and sex. This commentary discusses the following question: If some members of society relate to robots as “humans,” what does this mean for society’s conceptualisation of personhood and intimate relationships? How love is expressed between individuals is normally considered a very private expression of companionship that should remain in the private sphere. This article examines whether sex robots should be subject to public regulation given the broader societal impacts of their ability to emotionally connect and elicit empathy from humans.

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