31/10/2016 14:16 GMT

Sex Robot With Fully Functioning 'Lifelike' Genitalia Arriving In 2017 Says Expert

They'll cost upwards of £12,000...

A robotics expert has predicted that sex robots will reach a whole new realm of realism in 2017.

David Levy claims that this new generation of robot will have ‘human-like’ genitals and will even be able to generate its own body warmth.

Normally reserved for private play, these high-end, anatomically correct dolls are becoming increasingly popular for those who can afford them.

Writing in the Daily Mail Levy goes on to explain that a number of different fields in robotics are reaching critical points where sex robots can finally start to achieve many of the aims that their creators have for them.

“With Far Eastern manufacturers already creating machines of astonishingly accurate appearance, the first commercially available sex robots are now expected to go on sale next year.” he writes.

While companies like RealDolls are capable of creating highly detailed, and anatomically correct, models they lack some features which Levy believes will be crucial to the success of the industry.

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”The next major advance will enable us to use our technology to have intimate encounters with the technology itself – to fall in love with the technology, to have sex with robots and to marry them.” explains Levy.

These missing features, he claims, will be arriving next year and will include the ability to provide its own body warmth as well as using AI to create a voice which can respond to the user.

While it’s difficult for some to imagine a world where sex robots become the norm, Levy argues that this is something that’s simply a matter of time.

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“I’ve no doubt some will find it creepy, but we can be clear on this: the arrival of sexually responsive robots will have enormous consequences.”

Levy’s argument isn’t entirely without reason, just recently it was revealed that an increasing number of people were turning to AI assistants like Siri and trying to engage in conversations with them of a sexual nature.