The second annual Love and Sex with Robots conference was scheduled to be held in Malayasia this year, a conscious choice related to the Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology (ACE) conference being held there as well. But Malayasian authorities were much less welcoming to the former, and shut it down and banned it before it began.
Topics that were to be discussed include "teledildonics," "intelligent electronic sex hardware," and "roboethics."
While its organizers defend the conference as academic, authorities were put off by the title, saying, "It is an offense to have anal sex in Malaysia, what more with robots." Public backlash encouraged in part by media was abound, which in part, provoked the police response. It should be noted Malaysia is a deeply religious country.
The conference website now hosts only a simple plain text message, which reads as follows: "Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Second International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots will be postponed until 2016. The conference will definitely not be held anywhere in Malaysia. We deeply apologize to any person or any authority which have felt offense in any way. To our delegates, we look forward to see you again next year for the Second International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots. Please stay tuned for next year's location."
Love and Sex with Robots co-creator Professor Adrian David Cheok feels sexual relationships with robots will be a normal part of life by 2050.