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Sex in Cyberspace

«Cybersex» is a virtual sex encounter in which two or more people connected remotely via computer network send each other sexually explicit messages. This fantasy sex is accomplished by the participants describing their actions and responding to their chat partners in a mostly written, form designed to stimulate their own sexual feelings and fantasies. Cybersex can be practiced among intimate partners who are geographically separated, or among individuals who have no prior knowledge of one another and meet in cyberspaces and may even remain anonymous to one another. Sometimes cybersex is enhanced by the use of a webcam to transmit real-time video of the partners.

«Cyberdildonics» is a technology for remote mutual masturbation, where tactile sensations are communicated via a computer network. The newest interactive sex platforms allow humans and robots or humans and other humans to sex each other up remotely. Users are able to touch each other using various supported haptic devices from hand holding and kissing up to full penetrative sex — regardless of where they are in the world, from across a room to across an ocean. Virtual-reality technology allow people wearing full-body haptic suits, headgear and gloves to engage in tactile sexual relations from separate, remote locations. The most advanced peripherals use bidirectional force feedback telemetry to create simultaneous one to one motion and resistance between your and your partner’s devices. Suspension of disbelief and a vivid imagination must do the rest. “I feel the other - She/He feels me”. Organic intimicy at a distance. The bodys are separated, but telepresent and therefore they can touch each other and interact.

Artificial intelligence capabilities will add heightened levels of social interactions with non-human machines. Non-sexual needs are increasingly fulfilled by robots, avatars or digital communities. You don’t have to be a prophet to predict that our sexual needs will follow along. In the near future distinctions between virtual and lokal interactions will blur. «Sex-ond lives» will redefine what it means to be in a relationship, have sex, and be in love. And couples will seriously discuss whether sex with robots constitutes cheating.

Index Pornography in Cyberspace

Whenever a new media technology appears on the horizon, someone pops the question: “I can’t wait to see what the porn industry is gonna do with this.” From books to photos, and from VCRs to CD-ROMs to streaming video, nearly every new medium was either popularized or even pioneered by companies that allow people to watch other people in sexual explicit poses or actions. If half of all videotapes for sale in late ’70s hadn’t been X-rated, it might have taken VCRs a lot longer to reach critical mass in the early ’80s.

Yet no visual technology has ever been so perfectly suited to sexual applications as «virtual reality» (VR) because it allows us to exist inside the environment. The references are easy to find: Star Trek’s holodeck , the Matrix , and the Dreamatorium. The commercial sex industry is expanding the definition of sex. Augmented reality coupled with robotics will allow sex add-ons to supplement traditional offerings.: virtual sex worlds, remote sex and robot sex. Online sex workers increasingly will links their movements to remote sex toys or robotic look-alikes.

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Editor dr. Albert Benschop
Social & Behavioral Studies
University of Amsterdam
Created September, 1996
Last modified 11th October, 2015