Chat bots that are always online for sex
This happens as bots create a false mental perception of the interaction, encouraging the user to ascribe to the bot other human-like features they do not possess.
This may seem alien, but this attribution of human characteristics to animals, events or even objects is a natural tendency known as anthropomorphism.
Among the most impressive is Real Doll's Harmony - an artificial intelligence based sex bot that can hold conversations, remember what she's told and even has a customizable personality.
Arguably one of the most life-like dolls being developed, Harmony is fully customizable - from her hair down to her labia.
The company said that around 50 per cent of orders are for people who want a robot made to look like a family member, with grieving customers paying up to ,995.00 (£7,700).
Roxxxy has many customisation options which include changing the way she acts around you and what her hair and skin look like.
- Her creator Douglas Hines is working on his 16th version of Roxxxy, but no photos of the new version have been released since 2010.
There is also a male variety called Rocky who sells for 95 (£6,900).
But while its articulated skeleton means the dolls can be positioned by hand, they cannot move their limbs independently.
Such a process has profound psychological ramifications.
When interacting with chatbots, our brain is led to believe that it is chatting with another human being.