A three course meal that comes in a pill, jetpacks, time travel, space colonies, and the robot housemaid – these were just some of the predictions futurists made about what life would be like in 2011.
Very few made predictions about relationships although there were suggestions we would have breeding plants to produce a super race of genetically blessed humans. What few futurists predicted were advances in contraception, the advent of feminism, gay liberation, sexually transmitted diseases that could destroy generations, home video and the internet. These have all had an enormous impact on not only our day to day lives but on our sex lives. So what can we look forward to?
Donning a pair of virtual reality glasses, Julia canvases a wide range of experts and data in an attempt to paint a picture of what our sex lives might be like 50 years from now. Will we all be having remote relationships using teledildonics to get each other off?
How long will we have to wait for a robot that really can replace a human being and provide the same level of intimacy and companionship that a human can? The proliferation of the internet has broken down not only global barriers, it has also opened up a world of new suitors, virtual lovers and more pornography than we know what to do with.
Throughout history one thing that has remained a constant is the desire for human beings to find partners and have sex. Our attitudes may have evolved, but the actual act itself hasn’t changed that much throughout history.
But could that all be about to change? Could it be that we won’t have actual human contact anymore? Could monogamy be on its last legs? Is gender as fixed as we think it is? The last 50 years has been a time of great sexual liberation, technological advances and globalisation, challenging our preconceived notions about family, gender, same sex relationships, monogamy and sexuality. Where do we imagine this will take us?
YOUR SAY: What does the future hold when it comes to sex?