As a society, Dr. Pearson believes it will take awhile for people to accept these relations between man and machine just like it took ages to accept the adult film industry.
He believes that as the robots improve in their look and feel, more and more people will be drawn to this idea and opinions will change.
Dr. Pearson said ‘A lot of people will still have reservations about [intimate relation] with robots at first but gradually as they get used to them, as the AI and mechanical behaviour and their feel improves.’
‘And they start to become friends with strong emotional bonds, that squeamishness will gradually evaporate. While some people will enthusiastically embrace relationship-free robot relations as soon as they can afford one as early as 2025. It won’t have much chance of overtaking relations with humans overall until 2050.’