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New sex robot that can orgasm causes controversy after going on the market for £3,500

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. As a race, we rely on our oversized brains for our survival, meaning our evolution can be marked more in terms of intelligence than physical progression.

However, being capable of reasoned, considered thought does not always engender positive change. As we stagger blindly through a minefield of vapid social media profiles, pausing only to capture a crisp image of our morning latte, it is tempting to consider quite how some of the 'advancements' we have made in recent years actually benefit humanity.

Yet stumble on we do, blithely ignorant of some of the most pertinent issues of our day, infatuated instead by vapid, false idols in the form of celebrities who hold far more influence in our lives than most of us would care to admit.

In such times, it is perhaps inevitable that our grip on reality seems to be fading somewhat, replaced instead by a fictional parallel that bears no semblance to what we might glibly refer to as 'real life'.

Such a mind set, of course, is not without its consequences. When we eschew reality for its digital alternative, our relationships are in danger of breaking down as our civilisation isolates itself more and more, valuing convenience over meaningfulness.

Cue Samantha, a disturbingly realistic looking sex doll that recently hit the market to much fanfare and bewilderment.

Samantha sex doll Credit: YouTube/ This Morning

Helpfully, Samantha comes with a "sex mode" as well as a "family mode" (heaven forbid you set her to the wrong program at the breakfast table), is - horrifyingly - cold to touch (putting one in mind of a cadaver), and USB-chargeable. Useful.

In family mode, Samantha is a veritable socialite, able to hold court on philosophy, tell jokes to your presumably dumbstruck children and even provide motivational quotes if you're feeling a little sluggish. In sex mode, an artificial G-spot, which is filled with sensors, can simulate an orgasm. So there's that.

While this sounds a little like the opening sequence to a late night TV movie, Samantha models are being sold at sex shops in the UK for the princely sum of £3,500, and it is believed that 30 dolls have been sold worldwide thus far.

“We get some strange reactions when we tell people what we are doing, but we are not perverts, and these dolls are not for perverts,” says Arran Lee Squire who co-created the doll. “They can be used for normal, professional couples; people can have a threesome with the dolls, and we have tried it out ourselves. There is nothing weird about the doll, and it is to help people, not replace women.”

Anyone who has watched one of those late night TV movies will be well acquainted with the potential horrors of a human/robot relationship epidemic, though many experts are predicting a flourishing future for realistic sex robots like Samantha.

The future, it would seem, is here, and it's USB-chargeable.