"As virtual reality becomes more realistic and immersive and is able to mimic and even improve on the experience of sex with a human partner; it is conceivable that some will choose this in preference to sex with a less than perfect human being." Read more: Emotional robot slapped with 'sex ban' and its owners will even have to sign a contract Dr Driscoll adds: "People may also begin to fall in love with their virtual reality partners." It's not a new prediction, but the technology has improved at a quicker rate than may have been expected.
Back in 2007, artificial intelligence researcher David Levy from the University of Maastricht told Live Science that people could be marrying robots - and consummating their vows - by 2050.
"But if we think back to the social norms about sex that existed just 100 years ago, it is obvious that they have changed rapidly and radically.
Robophilia may be alien now, but could be normal in the near future as attitudes evolve with technology.
And not only will people be having intimate relations with them - they may even fall in love with them too.Dr Helen Driscoll, a leading authority on the psychology of sex and relationships, said 'sex tech' was already advancing at a fast pace.