Lydia Morrish

United Kingdom

Lydia is a staff journalist at WikiTribune, where she writes about politics, women’s rights, inequality, sexual politics and more. Previously she headed up the women’s rights and political content at Konbini for over two years. In 2016, she made ‘Building Big’, a documentary about bigorexia and male body image. Her work has also been published in Dazed & Confused, Refinery29, Vice, Lyra, Banshee and Buffalo Zine. She is based in London.

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  1. Hi Lydia,

    I really liked your “sex robots” article. But I’d like to add a perspective that no-one seems to think of.

    Ours is an age of accelerating transition. We have to get from yesterday to tomorrow. In, say, 1900 “tomorrow” and “yesterday” were about the same distance from “today”. But that is no longer true. Every year, “tomorrow” is further away from “today” than is “yesterday”. The rate of technical and concomitant social change is “stretching time”.

    In the not too distant future, being technically behind by ten years will place you close to those 100 years behind. Being in a tribal culture in the Middle East or Africa will mean you have no access to the present at all. This is already the case in much of the world where people can acquire a *technology* but their culture explodes with the social change arriving in the same box.

    What are we to “do” with all the people “left behind in yesterday”?

    Many of those people have obsolete social norms. Some are unable to form relationships in 2017, people once perfectly able to marry, lead productive lives, be seen as good family folk, good community members, good parents… but the bar was lower, the specifications a lot simpler, and they could pass or better. But not now.

    My grandmother was a perfect mother for the Middle East of the 1920s – her children were housed, fed, clothed in hard, hard times. The problem was she had emigrated to Australia and here…? Beyond inadequate as more was needed of a mother and grandmother than food-clothing-shelter.

    There are many men whose “social/emotional specifications” are obsolete. We cannot throw them out. We cannot upgrade them, by and large. We cannot sell them for spare parts. Some, with “political correctness”, will be able to “get by”. But for the rest there is loneliness, infinite sense of abject failure.

    “Sexbots” may well be part of the solution just as “old-care-bots” will be, and “pet-bots”, and all the other “x-bots” that can fill the ever-widening gap between tomorrow and yesterday.

    Otherwise, what DO we do with all the people, some BILLIONS of them, whose cultures, mores, values, education, … are simply “below spec” for tomorrow?

    Just a thought.

    Kind regards,

    ~~ Julian

    1. Hi Julian, sorry for the late reply on this.

      I think the acceleration aspect of tech story is interesting. I suppose only the future will tell what exactly will happen to all the people who are not “up to date” with technological advancements!

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