The Future is Virtual Intimacy

We are about to enter an era of unprecedented change. With the rise of the $30bn sextech industry, human intimacy and relationships are being redefined. VR, AI, facial recognition technology and robotics all play a part in our future sexual lives. How do we navigate this new era of mixed reality? Is virtual sex considered real sex? What is cheating in the age of virtual influencers and avatars? Will our fantasies change with technology? How does consent work in a virtual reality environment? And is there anything positive about “deep fakes”? All these themes will be explored with a panel of experts selectively chosen for their knowledge in the science of sexual desire, cyber security and sextech.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

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Bryony Cole

Future of Sex

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Alison Falk

Women Of Sex Tech

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Justin Lehmiller

Sex And Psychology/The Kinsey Institute

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Maurice Op De Beek


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