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Robot stripper to take stage at Sexpo

AAP logoAAP 24/11/2016 Rachel Gray

The man behind a stripper robot that's pole dancing in Melbourne insists he would never like to see cyborgs replace people.

With its body made from shop mannequin parts, windscreen wipers that move its joints and a CCTV camera for a head, the dancing cyborg encapsulates the futuristic theme at this year's Sexpo in Melbourne.

Its maker, Giles Walker, is a kinetic artist who makes robots that deal with different social issues.

Although he did not intend for this robot to be solely shown as a sex object, Mr Walker says that it can be interpreted as an empowered stripper.

"By placing the CCTV on the body of a pole dancer I am looking at the relationship of voyeurism and power," Mr Walker told AAP.

"Is she (the stripper) the one with the power, or is it the people watching her?".

Mr Walker says he has no interest in seeing robotics replace people but he doesn't believe the world is far away from introducing cyborgs for sex with humans.

He worries when that happens some dark issues could surface.

"If people can get used to the idea that they can do whatever they want to it without responsibility then it leads to a very dangerous area," he said.

Sexpo spokesman Bentleigh Gibson says sex tech allows people to explore their fantasies in a non-judgmental environment.

"I see it as a way where people who have challenges can safely explore what those issues are," Mr Gibson told AAP.

Virtual Reality gaming and adult content, robotics, and sex technology all make up this year's Feel the Future theme at Sexpo.

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