Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, a scandal like Anthony Weiner's doesn't even necessarily need two humans anymore.
Online chat bots already send come-hither messages to users of social media or dating websites.
Dr Devlin also postulates that dolls could be used to treat sex offences and paedophilia."For example, VR has been used, virtual reality has been used to check whether or not sex offenders are likely to reoffend by putting them in a virtual environment."There is a possibility for therapy for this as well."It is not just physical robots that will be part of the sex robot future. The 2013 film starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson was about a man who falls in love with his smartphone's operating system.
In China, a realistic smartphone chat bot called Xiaoice is already a reality, with millions of users logging on for hours to speak to the lifelike female artificial intelligence.
Lifelike dolls, artificial sex organs and sex-chat phone lines have been keeping the lonely company for decades.
But Roxxxy takes virtual companionship to a new level.
While there have been concerns that the sexbots will replace human relationships, Matt Mc Mullen, CEO of Real Doll, a sex doll manufacturer, suggests that this is not the case.
He believes robots will become an option for people looking to spice up their love lives'Prices will inevitably come down, and we envisage selling mass market robotic toys in around three years' time.
She'll chat with you endlessly about your interests.
"There's a tremendous need for this kind of product," said Hines, a computer scientist and former Bell Labs engineer.
Roxxxy won't be available for delivery for several months, but Hines is taking pre-orders through his Web site, True Companion.com, where thousands of men have signed up.
Dr Kate Devlin, who will chair the congress, believes the arguments put forward by the Campaign Against Sex Robots group are narrow-minded."This sex work view is actually a very narrow perspective on the whole field, and also this emphasis that it's objectifying women." She said robots can have a use far beyond just offering physical pleasure."This could have amazingly good therapeutic benefits."We've seen things like virtual reality being used to treat issues such as social anxiety."Taking that a step further into a physical realm, sex robots could be a really useful thing."But Dr Richardson is concerned that sex robots will allow people to play out dark and disturbing fantasies that are immoral and illegal."You got to ask the question, why are they shaped like fully formed human females or children? Because in the mind of the user they're giving them the experience that they actually raping a child, that they're actually having sex with a woman."Dr Devlin is quick to point out that legislation has already been put in place to prevent people from owning child sex dolls.
Earlier this year, the Australian Federal Police told the ABC that anatomically correct dolls that represent underage people are considered child exploitation material, and are therefore illegal.