Abyss Creations, the maker of life-size sex dolls Real Doll, has told The New York Times they are bringing the future of sex dolls closer by building animatronics into its creations.Kathleen Richardson, a senior research fellow in the ethics of robotics at De Montfort University, started the Campaign Against Sex Robots."I want people to stop thinking about the word 'robot' and think about the word 'property', and what we're being encouraged to do is have relationships with property," she told the ABC's Lateline program.

She argues that not only are sex robots "dehumanising and isolating", they are also inherently sexist."While we live in a world which still considers women as property, then it's not too much of a stretch of the imagination to start creating property that looks like women and then encouraging people to have the same sort of relationships."Dr Richardson is concerned that there is a strange complacency when it comes to sex robots."Let me put this way: If we were to create a robot that looked like an 18th century slave, there would be horror."But we can look upon women as these over-sexualised images in pornography and in prostitution and it doesn't raise an eyebrow."And the reason why it doesn't raise an eyebrow is because people still think that is socially acceptable to view women as nothing more than a sexual object."Sex robots will be a topic of serious discussion next month at the Second International Congress of Love and Sex with Robots at the University of London.

Cybersecurity experts will debate the ethics of a future in which fully fledged walking and talking androids will take over menial tasks in the home, act as companions, and yield to our sexual fantasies.

Describing it as a hybrid between artificial intelligence and human assistants, the magazine said it is “powered by artificial intelligence as well as a band of Facebook employees, dubbed M trainers, who will make sure that every request is answered”.

In a Facebook post, Marcus wrote that the tool “can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more”M is initially being trialled with a few hundred people in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Facebook said that it is hoping to build the service to become much bigger.

Sex robots may reduce sex crimes, or make them more common.

According to "Our Sexual Future With Robots," a report published Wednesday by the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, it could go either way.

Sex robots thus look like they will reach some measure of acceptance around the same time that self-driving cars overtake human-driven vehicles.

But where self-driving cars promise fewer traffic fatalities – something yet to be proven – sex robots don't offer obvious social benefits beyond stimulating the market for industrial disinfectants.

One young Japanese man even held a real-world, live-cast commitment ceremony with his virtual girlfriend from a dating sim called "Love Plus," which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies on the Nintendo DS handheld game console since 2009.