Sex robots might soon top the lists of items not permitted on festival grounds.
While an uncannily lifelike sex doll doesn’t exactly align with other festival must haves like hydration packs and chewing gum, the doll’s creator was nonetheless determined to bring the doll to Linz, Austria’s Arts Electronica Festival last month. Named Samantha, the female robot was valued at almost $4,000 USD.
Unfortunately, Samantha was subject to attending tech bros’ lewd behavior and general lack of self control, forcing the innovator responsible for its creation to send the doll back to Barcelona for repairs and cleaning.
“The people [present at the festival] mounted Samantha’s breasts, her legs, and arms. Two fingers were broken. She was heavily soiled. People can be bad. Because they did not understand the technology and did not have to pay for it, they treated the doll like barbarians,” Sergio Santos, the doll’s creator remarked.
Santos’ comment does appear at odds with Samantha’s purpose — she is a sex doll, after all — yet it’s unlikely that anyone wouldn’t mind the maiming of his personal sex robot by the sexually frustrated hordes at a music festival.
Soothingly, Santos said “Samantha can endure a lot, she will pull through.” Samantha reportedly speaks multiple languages and has the ability to learn, a capability engendered by her foundation of AI software.