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30 Sep 2017

Sex doll Samantha molested at a tech fair in Austria

As if molesting women wasn't enough, now Al sex dolls aren't being spared either.

Samantha, an 'intelligent' sex robot, was molested so brutally at a tech fair in Austria, that she had to be sent for repair and cleaning.

"People mounted Samantha's breasts, her legs and arms. Two fingers were broken. She was heavily soiled," Sergi Santos, Samantha's developer, reportedly complained.

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Sex robot sent for repair after being 'molested'

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Who is Samantha?

According to the official website of Synthea Amatus, the company that has created her, "Samantha is a project centered on a robot that is capable of enjoying sex." Samantha is the name of the project and not the robot. The robot's name can be changed.

Completely offline, Samantha can keep you hooked with customized sex, romance, jokes, health facts, philosophy and more.

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'They treated her like barbarians'

Samantha, the £3,000 (Rs. 2.6 lakh) sex robot, responds when talked to, and moans when touched in places like her breasts and hips.

"Because they didn't understand the technology and didn't have to pay for it, they treated the doll like barbarians. People can be bad," Santos said.

Despite her horrific experience, Santos says Samantha "can endure a lot" and "will pull through."

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It was wear and tear and not molestation: Festival organizers

However, the organizers of the Linz Arts Electronica Festival, the tech fest where Samantha was put on display, have rubbished the reports of her being molested. According to them, the sex doll was not a victim of depravity but just regular wear and tear.

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Why are AI sex dolls getting popular?

A section of researchers and sexologists support coitus between humans and robots, arguing that it can bring about a positive social change.

Other than providing instant and customized sexual gratification, sex dolls can potentially help reduce sex-trafficking, prevent sexually transmitted diseases and be a replacement for traditional sex trade.

It is also being touted to have therapeutic qualities, helping people with dysfunctional sex lives.

Europe's first sex-robot brothel opened in Barcelona in January 2017

Europe's first sex-robot brothel opened in Barcelona this February. According to its website, it offers "totally realistic dolls both in movement and feel," allowing customers "to fulfill all fantasies without limits." It has four different dolls that cost over Rs. 6,000 for a 30-minute "service."

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