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Porn Drives Innovation: How Adult Entertainment Boosts Technology

Technology and pornography go hand in hand. Porn chatbots, robots and virtual reality may represent the newest ways that porn drives innovation.

The ubiquity of porn, and online porn in particular, is about as naked and well-endowed as its stars: 25 percent of Internet searches are pornography related; 12 percent of websites are pornagraphic; adult websites have more visiters than Netflix, Twitter, and Amazon combined. For those who are curious about what others search for, here are some of the the top porn search terms from 2015 (caution, not for the faint-hearted).

This is hardly surprising. But what some may not know is how much of a part pornography has played, historically, in boosting and bettering just about every entertainment innovation we have.

Tech innovations, made successful by porn

[contextly_auto_sidebar id=”dIAIZfCFmBKX6p2HT9ikODav7lHZrVIb”]For much of the technology we enjoy today, it’s DARPA and adult entertainment we have to thank most: the military often develops innovations, like the Internet, but porn is what allows it to thrive and grow. Or someone else develops it, and the latter still kicks in.

As early as the 1840s, the underground sale of pornographic photography was deemed essential to photographers’ bottom lines, and led to the invention of microphotography (viewing images under a magnifying lens). This early version of microfilm is today used by libraries and the military.

porn drives innovation

Like it or not, porn is responsible for driving technology adoption in big ways. For hardware-driven media players, porn picked the winners in the war between  VHS vs Betamax, and the ascention of  Blue-Ray over HD DVD.  Porn has also contributed to the rise of ecommerce, the development of webcams and the relentless improvement of bandwith services.

Porn drives innovation in the near future

It may seem pervy that technology has risen to prominence on the back of the beast with two backs. But the truth is, none of us would be here without sex.

It makes some sense, then, that technology would follow suit.

We can partially credit the speed and efficiency of our phones and the web to porn. But what’s next? A new age of porn technology may be emerging, let’s take a look:

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  • Robotics: While world governments warn that the creation of killer robots is nigh, sex robots will likely be popularized first as the next step up from inflatable dolls. In fact, some researchers predict humans will marry robots by 2050. Such developments could spur robotic innovation, specially in the growing field of soft robotics. Interestingly, in 2016 researchers documented that humans can get turned on by touching robots.

porn drives innovation

  • Chatbots: Imagine what Microsoft’s Tay chatbot would be like if it were re-purposed to make a “pornbot”. If, as some are saying, the end of the app is here, and if chatbots will truly take over, then pornbots could emerge that use AI and advanced messaging to create deep amorous relationships with humans.
  • Haptic technology: Adding sense and touch to pornography is a forefront of innovation, not just for adult entertainment but for virtual reality in general. Already, haptic tech used for sex toys has crossed over into SFW consumerism: for example, a “pregnancy belt” by Huggies that lets the wearer feel the mother-to-be’s baby kick.

The takeaway

Whether you’re pro-or anti porn (statistically, odds place you in the former camp), it’s OK to award credit where credit is due. So, thanks, porn.

Gratitude aside, there are still very real issues attached to pornography that should continue to be discussed. But for the sake of both technological and human evolution, at least, it’s a good thing people are so horny.

Updated . Porn innovation cover photo courtesy of toasty via Flickr, modified by Curiousmatic.

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