The sex industry could be set for a major overhaul as two researchers from New Zealand have developed robots that could replace human prostitutes by 2050.
Ian Yeoman and Michelle Mars of the Victoria Management School in Wellington, New Zealand believe that this science-fiction-style vision could become reality within 40 years.
They focussed on Amsterdam's Red Light District and envisaged how the most popular brothel in the city will work.
They call this imaginary brothel the Yub-Yum, and describe it as 'modern and gleaming with about 100 scantily clad blondes and brunettes parading around in exotic G-strings and lingerie', the Daily Mail reported.
Clients shell out 6,200 pounds to enter for an 'all-inclusive service', from lap dancing to full intercourse, from 'a range of sexual gods and goddesses of different ethnicities, body shapes, ages, languages and sexual features'.
The production and use of lifelike pleasure machines could effectively stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, as well as stem the rise in human trafficking associated with the sex trade.
Android sex workers may also offer a 'guilt free' experience for men.
With no more women being exploited, the researchers think that prostitution could gain a new level of respectability - implying that brothels could feature in guidebooks.
"The tourists who use the services of Yub-Yum are guaranteed a wonderful and thrilling experience, as all the androids are programmed to perform every service and satisfy every desire," the researchers said.
"All androids are made of bacteria resistant fibre... guaranteeing no sexually transmitted diseases are transferred between consumers."
The researchers imagine that androids brothels opened up because of the increase in STDs, particularly HIV, which by 2050 has mutated and is resistant to many drugs.
Amsterdam's city council has granted approval to licence such establishments to keep its reputation as a party city, while at the same time being ethical.
The paper has been published in the journal Futures.