Sex in Space: Can Technology Meet the Intimate Needs of Astronauts?

Beijing time on March 11th, the 2018 release of the film “Artificial Intelligence” (A.I. Rising) tells the story of how a robot satisfies human desires in space travel, which may provide an inspiration for us to solve some of the problems in space exploration. Despite their rigorous training, astronauts still have an instinctive need to be human.

For the future success of space exploration and migration, we need to overcome taboos, think about human needs and desires, and find concrete and realistic solutions from the point of view of science rather than traditional morality.

Can humans live healthy lives in small groups and in closed, isolated environments for long periods of time? Can humans cope when relationships, intimacy, and sexuality are restricted? Sexual-related technological developments may provide answers. While researchers explore human-machine interactions, the impact of love robots on human well-being, and what potential applications are available are highly interesting questions.

Sex in space

Space exploration and interstellar migration will be one of humanity’s greatest undertakings, but they are also accompanied by challenges. One of the challenges is how to make space travel more human-friendly, that is, to achieve physical and psychological comfort. Since intimacy and sex are the basic human needs, this has become one of the core issues in human space travel.

Can we breed beyond earth? What would human intimacy look like in spaceships and alien settlements?

So far, NASA and other space agencies have denied that astronauts had sex during space missions. Either space sex doesn’t happen or no one talks about it. Still, in the near future, humans may soon be embarking on long lunar and Mars missions, raising concerns about the close ness of space in the future.

Sex in Space: Can Technology Meet the Intimate Needs of Astronauts?

Russian cosmonaut Valery Poliakov holds the record for the longest space flight, having spent 438 days in space and returning to Earth on March 22, 1995

An important concern is that space exploration and extraterrestrial colonization will limit people’s chances of establishing relationships and intimate relationships for a long time. In the near future, there will be not many people on space missions, whether on spaceships or in alien settlements. Fewer people means fewer opportunities for intimacy, making it difficult to find a partner and potentially increasing tensions between the crew.

In the case of a small number of people, it may be difficult to find a partner whose personality, preferences and sexual orientation are appropriate. When a relationship ends, the crew is trapped on the ship with their ex-partner, which can affect their emotions and even the teamwork necessary to survive in a dangerous environment.

Human needs

Some people may be able to tolerate the management of total abstinence, but this may be harmful to the physical and mental health of others, especially when larger groups venture into space. NASA, however, seems afraid to deal with intimacy and sexuality in space. “We don’t study sexual behavior in space, and we don’t have any research that’s going on,” said Bill Jeffs, a spokesman for NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 2008. If that’s your particular topic, there’s nothing to talk about. “

Given our understanding of human sexuality, this position seems irresponsible, as it prevents research into fundamental issues such as sexual health in space and human well-being. For example, how do we deal with the health and confusion of human sex in a weightless state? How do we maintain a crew member’s mental health if he or she has to endure a lack of love for a long time? Is it a reasonable solution to force abstinence based on empirical evidence?

Sex Technology and “Love Robots”

One solution might be to enable astronauts and space settlers to use new sex-related technologies. This may include sex toys (any object used for sexual enhancement or sexual stimulation) that can be used for sexual pleasure and satisfaction. But sex toys don’t solve the sexual needs of humans on the social level. Thus, love robots have a place to use.

The term “love robot” (Erobot) describes all the artificial love media that virtual, figurative and augmented reality, as well as the technologies that make them, such as love robots, love chat bots, and virtual or augmented reality partners. Love robotics is a new interdisciplinary subject to study the interaction between human and love robot and its related phenomena.

Unlike previous technologies, love robots will provide users with the opportunity to develop intimate relationships with artificial media. Love-love robotics polarizes public and academic discourse: some denounce it as promoting harmful paradigms, while others defend its potential benefits and its applications in health, education and research.

Love robot is a practical solution that can solve the inhumane living conditions during space exploration and alien colonization. In addition, love robots allow us to explore the issue of intimacy in space from a scientific, interpersonal, and technical perspective.

Love robots can provide companionship and sexual pleasure to crew and settlers. In addition to the function of sex toys, love robots can also incorporate emotional experiences at the social level. They can reduce the inevitable anxiety of loneliness and loneliness, as well as the risks associated with human sexual behavior.

Love robots can also provide intimacy and emotional support. Their sensors and interactivity can even help monitor astronauts’ physical and mental health as a complement to routine medical examinations.

Into space.

To understand the potential of love-friendly robotics in human space missions, we must build cooperation between academia, government space programs and the private sector. Love robots can contribute to space research projects. As an area based on a sexual and positive technical framework, love robots embody the importance of intimacy in human life and promote technological developments for health and human well-being.

In short, as we move towards the last frontier of space exploration, we must abandon the taboos about technology and sexuality.