A robosexual (or technosexual) is a person who is sexually attracted to machines such as cyborgs, androids, gynoids, droids, robots, and automatons. The word "robosexuality" comes from combining the words "robot" and "sexual". A robosexual can be of any sexual orientation. This is because the robot may have sexual features. Although, a significant majority of the robosexual community who are males attracted to robots of a feminine appearance. Many robots do not show male or female qualities, so a pansexual-robosexual would feel attracted to these. Commonly, the robots to which robosexuals are attracted are better described as androids, meaning that said robots have more humanoid features.
Types of Robosexual Attraction
A cyborg, short for "cybernetic organism" is a being with both organic and biomechatronic body parts. In any case, a cyborg with be a body modified human being. Cyborg attraction has much in common to attraction of people with body modification. A good example of a cyborg would be of course Cyborg of DC comics.
Androids are any fully mechanized device made to mimic human appearance as effectively as possible. This is the most common kind of robosexual attraction. 2B and 9S from the video game Nier:Automata are prime examples of Androids, as well as Hatsune Miku of Vocaloid. Androids may be of male, female, or androgynous appearence. The distinction that must be made is that they are as close to human as any human would be. Ideally, an android would be indistinguishable from a human, but be programmable or modifiable.
A gynoid, or fembot, is a humanoid robot that is gendered feminine. Gynoids appear widely in science fiction film and art. As more realistic humanoid robot design becomes technologically possible, they are also emerging in real-life robot design. The most famous Gynoids are the fembots from the Austin Power's series of movies, and recently Gwendolyn from Rick and Morty. However, it is important to note that a Gynoid does not require a human appearance, only a female human physique. A male Gynoid is an Andronoid, though there are almost no examples of Andronoids in popular culture.
Droid is a loose term used to describe humanoid robots that in most ways in only few aspects exhibit human characteristics. For example C3P0 of Star Wars fame, but also Alphonse from the Full Metal Alchemist animated series. This category would apply to Toyota's T-HR3, as well as Nao from Softbank Robotics.
Further for this is a sexual attraction to robotic devices of a non-humanoid appearance. As technosexual, or robosexual which shares the name would suggest; robosexuality covers this category in its blanket. There has been a sizable community of people attracted to large machines, manly vehicles or drones. Many of these objects due to their inability to return affection or make decisions are technically classified as automatons. An artificially intelligent Curiosity Rover would be ideal to for this kind of person.
There is a class of people who prefer robots or technical devices entirely incapable of returning affection and would prefer predetermined actions over the ability to make informed decisions. Gynoids may also be Automatons, should they be programmable only to "serve" the person who owns them, in a manor of their choosing. An Automaton makes decisions based on a tree of predetermined outcomes typically in a way that would me most desirable to the device's operator. Automatons may also refer to machines never capable of companionship, like cars, bomb disposal robots, or mechanical calculators.
Present Day Robosexuality
While is generally stated that robosexuality is a one directional unrequited affection for robots or machines, this doesn't have to be entirely true. As a robot or artificial intelligence that exhibited sentience could make a relationship of this nature possible. For example the Bicentennial Man as played by Robin Williams in the movie of the same name. However, as it currently stands robosexuality is a one sided sexual orientation.
Robosexual communities, contrary to popular belief, are growing in size rapidly primarily thanks to the "robowaifu" movement present on certain imageboards like The Gun Retort's /robowaifu/ board.. Communities like this are dedicated to the design and construction of domestic androids for the purposes of facilitating relationship. Including the development of artificial intelligence.
A Sexual Orientation of the Future
There are very few robosexuals today, but robosexuality is predicted to become more common in the not-too-distant future. Dr. David Levy, an expert in human-robot relationships, stated that humans will be marrying robots by 2050.
An Example of a Robosexual
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