By: Dami Olonisakin/IFL Science It has not been a great day for Samantha the sex robot: The blonde-haired, blue-eyed doll worth over $4,000 was reportedly inappropriately groped by sex-hungry men at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria.
Her inventor, Sergi Santos, shared that “she was heavily soiled” by the men. Santos added that two fingers were broken whilst they were mounting Samantha’s breasts, legs and arms, causing her to break down entirely.
Before being totally destroyed, Samantha was roaming around and talking to visitors at the festival, giving out warm hugs and asking how they were. Artificial intelligence software robots like Samantha are able to respond in a simple manner to several different languages and can sense when they are being touched.
After the wild frenzy, which left Samantha’s breasts destroyed, Santos said the sex robot would have to fly out to Barcelona, where it would be cleaned and fixed. Although the body parts were ruined, the software was fine.
Santos said: “People can be bad. Because they did not understand the technology and did not have to pay for it, they treated the doll like barbarians.”
He also added that “Samantha can endure a lot, she will pull through,”
Santos has reportedly been able to sell 15 of these dolls, perhaps in part due to the current sex doll trend in Austria’s sex industry.
Fanny became the most talked about sex robot in Kontakthof, a brothel in Vienna. She was spoken about so often that she became more popular than the actual sex workers.
“Robotics and artificial intelligence is a long way off the technical sophistication of the theme park in Westworld, but we’re already seeing dolls being used in the adult entertainment industry and we can expect robots to join them soon,” Professor Noel Sharkey from Sheffield University told The Daily Mail back in August.
Some brothel owners have even decided to add the dolls to their list of services. Peter Laskaris, a brothel owner in Vienna, shared that he thinks other brothels will consider the step – regardless of how expensive the robots are – due to it being a “trendy sex fetish”. Interesting.