Channel 4's 'The Sex Robots Are Coming' Has People Suitably Freaked Out

Sometimes it feels a little bit like we, as a species, might be digging our own graves with all this robot carry-on.

While scientists remain adamant that a humanoid robot might soon be able to do nice things such as provide a means of keeping elderly people company, or water your pot plants and make your bed, we all know deep down that all you've got to do is put a gun in its hand, piss it off and it's Terminator.

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In spite of this, men from all over the world are still keen for a bit of bump and grind with some robots before the inevitable machine uprising. In fact, there's such a strong demand that commercially available sex robots are very nearly a reality.

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Channel 4's cleverly-titled documentary 'The Sex Robots Are Coming' explores the issue, introducing us to an £11,700 ($15,755) sex robot called Harmony and meeting some of the blokes who think pleasure-bots are the future.

However, many people who viewed the eyebrow-raising film weren't quite as keen on the idea of robotic sex slaves as the men who were banging them seemed to be. No great surprise, really, given how insanely creepy and depressing the whole thing is.

"WTF. Just switched over to #TheSexRobotsAreComing & I despair. Let's spend our time, effort & intelligence making a machine to continue the subjugation of women," wrote one person on Twitter.

"Human evolution? We're better than this. Please let us be better."

"The Sex Robots Are Coming on C4 - a documentary about men 'owning' female robotic dolls and wanting sex with them. Bloody hell. Because women aren't objectified enough eh?" said another.

Others bypassed sensible questioning and went directly to shit jokes, with one viewer asking: "If you marry your sex robot are you pronounced husband and wifi?"

In the doc, we were introduced to married 58-year-old engineer, James, whose wife tolerates him humping rubber dolls under her roof up to four times a week.

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"Most manufacturers make them look something in the region of 20 years old," James says. "For a man of my age it's a fantasy because I will never be a Brad Pitt or something like that."

James is currently saving his pennies to buy a robotic sex doll to add to his collection, but for now he has to make do with the standard rubber versions.

Although she can't move, talk or consume food, James still insists on taking his doll, April, out for a nice burger now and then.

"When I take April out it's usually to a hamburger place where we can stop and get a bite to eat, a lot of people don't even notice she is not a breathing person," he says.

"We usually have sex two to three, sometimes four nights a week routinely. It's amazingly like having sex with a real woman, the biggest difference is whatever position you want them in you have to put them in, as they will not get there on their own."

You can watch the full documentary now on

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4 / The Sex Robots Are Coming

Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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