In the past, love, sex and pleasure were inseparable from procreation. What is the future of love? Will we ever get robot families?
Lust, love and affection
The Dutch word “love” has many meanings, ranging from lust, erotic blindness to affection and connection. The ancient Greeks were more accurate. They made a distinction between eros, agapè and philia, each with a clearly different meaning. Eros represented pure sexual love (lust or passion), agapè the love of the divine and philia brotherly love.
Man and the future of love
We now know from neurobiological research that there are indeed different forms of love. Erotic love, in love, is generated by the sex hormone testosterone and does not last too long. However, having sex produces hormones such as oxytocin free that lead to a stronger partner bond. This hormone also plays a role in friendships and parent-child relationships. In short: it is ingrained in psychologically healthy people that sex and love are linked. So this will not change in the future.
More single-parent families
However, other things are changing. Sex and reproduction have already been disconnected. Women are now also increasingly able to raise children themselves. In Caribbean countries this is already the rule rather than the exception. One-parent families will thus be more common than now, but the family with father and mother will not disappearbecause people naturally feel happiest here. Lifelong relationships will become rarer because life will be much more hectic in the future than it is now. People will move more often, so there is a good chance that the partners will have to work in a completely different city or even country.
Sex at a distance
As globalization continues, people will increasingly live and work in different places. Especially with a lot of specialization, highly educated partners will not be able to spend a large part of the year together. So there will probably be successors to the webcams and Skype connections that lovers now use to communicate with each other. Researchers are already working on pressure suits that transfer touches from one to the other via the Internet. As the link between our brains and computers improves, you can even imagine meeting each other in a lifelike yet virtual environment. That virtual environment will of course also make adultery and the like much easier.
You can then make love to people all over the world without leaving any physical traces. This is likely to result in an ethical landslide unparalleled.
The future of love with robots and artificial intelligence
The sex industry is always at the forefront, technologically speaking, and that's with sex robots not different. Properties such as willingness, obedience and never a headache appeal to many men, as evidenced by the popularity of the inflatable doll. Sex, especially among the target group, is often rather stereotypical and predictable, so it is not very difficult to build all kinds of sexual acrobatics into a robot.
There will probably be robot brothels and the like. As computers become smarter than humans, they are likely to surpass their human counterparts sexually and may form affective bonds.