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I swiped on a sexbot

22 October 2018

7:18 PM

22 October 2018

7:18 PM

Well, not really. If I did, it would have made for a fascinating piece, and I, no doubt, would have had a more enthralling online conversation than many ones to be had on Tinder. As it is, this has to suffice:

Jimmy Mehiel uploaded a sex robot to Tinder as part of an experiment for his documentary about cyborgs, “I Want My Sex Machine”.

The film focuses on robot brothels, but is also an ethical investigation into sexbots and the dating industry.

The 39-year-old, from New York, wanted to see how many people would be willing to sleep with a sex robot.

He gained permission from Matt McMullen – the creator of the world’s first commercially available doll Harmony – and shared photos of the robot on the dating platform.

In an exclusive interview with Daily Star Online, Jimmy revealed a whopping 56per cent of people polled said they would have intercourse with a sex robot.

He said: “I posted three photos of Harmony including a description directly below that read: ‘Hi, I’m an anatomically correct, sexually capable robot with the most advanced AI available.

“I’m on Tinder to find out if guys are interested in me.”

At first glance, the sex robot looks like a real person – which Jimmy credits Matt and his team for their hard work in making them as life-like as possible.

In the second snap, Jimmy used an image of Harmony with her head open to reveal the computer brain.

“I ran the experiment for two hours on a Friday night from 9-11pm on the lower east side of Manhattan [New York, US],” Jimmy explained to Daily Star Online.

“I swiped right (liked) every guy that came up. In the two hours, I ran the experiment Harmony racked up 92 matches.”

The numbers don’t strike me as particularly surprising and shocking – we are talking about Friday night in a big city. Even in other circumstances, it would not have been an unusual match tally, as any woman who’s a new member would attest (if she is generous with her own swipes).

Many men swipe right on every woman to increase the number of matches – in fact, that 44 per cent subsequently said no to the question whether they would have sex with a sexbot suggests they are the ones who swiped without checking out Harmony’s profile in more detail than a bare glance at the profile picture. The others would have swiped right out of curiosity and for the hell of it.


Unless you have backdoor access to Tinder (no pun intended) it’s impossible to know how many men overall were active online in that two-hour time-frame and therefore how many swiped left. I would guess that the “whopping 56 per cent” was in reality a small percentage of the total pool.

Still, if you are a lonely robot, there is no need to despair; it seems like there are plenty of male fish in the digital sea for you.

Arthur Chrenkoff blogs at The Daily Chrenk, where this piece also appears.

Illustration: Jimmy Mehiel.

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