The Future of Sex Technology and Intimacy
When and Where
We are part of a massive social experiment. Sex, gender, and relationship dynamics are changing faster than at any point in the history of humanity, and all within the backdrop of exploding sex tech and artificial intelligence. Younger generations are increasingly comfortable with technology interfacing their lives, even in intimate ways. Enter virtual reality porn, sex with avatars, and yes, sex robots. Experts predict that within 20-50 years, robots that move and interact in humanoid ways will be affordable for many. It is conceivable that an infant born today could have their first sexual experience with a robot. While human intimacy remains the gold standard, sex tech will be increasingly compelling to the degree it satisfies unmet needs. Mental health professionals will better serve their clients if they understand these new technologies, as well as the potential positive and negative impact these developments in sex tech and AI can soon have on sex and intimacy. Right now the tech industry is developing a vision of the future of intimacy. The time is now for mental health professionals to join this critical conversation.
- Addiction Counselors
- Social Workers
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
Identify three socio-sexual trends in privileged cultures that may enable sex tech to increasingly impact human relationships.
Describe three recent innovations in sex tech that will likely impact human intimacy in the next decade
Identify three potential benefits and three potential risks of advancing sex technologies.
Identify the populations most poised to benefit from development in sex tech.
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Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LCSWs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
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