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Technosexuality on film

Published 3:53 AM ET, Thu December 1, 2016
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HBO's "Westworld" takes place in a futuristic Western-themed amusement park for rich vacationers looking to act out fantasies with robotic hosts and no fear of consequences. "Host" Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton, at left with co-star Rodrigo Santoro) is the madam of a saloon and brothel, where her employees are some of the most popular attractions. Click through our gallery to see more depictions of robot sexuality on film. John P. Johnson /HBO
Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) is a cyborg policewoman in "Ghost in the Shell," coming to theaters in March. The live-action film is based on a Japanese manga series and media franchise. In the series, Major wears provocative outfits, has a flirty personality and has relationships with both men and women, all in an attempt to better understand humanity. DreamWorks SKG
In the film "Ex Machina," Kyoko (Sonoya Mizuno, left) is a humanoid robot and servant to a software company CEO. Unlike fellow robot Ava (Alicia Vikander), she is programmed to be obedient, can't speak and does whatever her creator wishes. Universal Pictures
In the AMC show "Humans," anthropomorphic robot Anita (Gemma Chan) is purchased by a husband to be used as an assistant in his household, but he ends up using her for sex, too. Other humans on the show also engage in sexual relationships with their "synths." AMC
In the film "Her," Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is a lonely introvert who starts a relationship with an operating system named Samantha (Scarlett Johansson). They engage in phone sex, and she sends a sexual surrogate named Isabella to further their relationship. Warner Bros.
In an episode of the TV show "Black Mirror," Domhnall Gleeson and Hayley Atwell play a young couple, Ash and Martha. When Ash is killed in a car crash, Martha learns that she can keep in touch with him via an online service that eventually leads to the creation of an android resembling him. Channel 4
In the film "Blade Runner," genetically engineered "replicants" are used for dangerous work off-planet. They are designed to look like humans, and some of them, seeking lives of their own, go rogue. Pris (Daryl Hannah) is considered a "basic pleasure model." Warner Bros
The only male robot on our list is Gigolo Joe (Jude Law, at right with co-star Haley Joel Osment and director Steven Spielberg) from the film "A.I. Artificial Intelligence." He plays a male prostitute "Mecha" in the late 21st century. Courtesy Dreamworks/Warner Bros/Zumapress
The Fembots (Cheryl Bartel, Cynthia LaMontagne and Cindy Margolis, with Mike Myers) are designed to seduce and destroy In the film "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery." New Line
In the horror novel and subsequent films "The Stepford Wives," men replace their human wives with submissive fembots. Paramount Pictures
In "Weird Science," two teenage nerds design their own perfect woman, Lisa (Kelly LeBrock). Universal Pictures
Almost indistinguishable from humans, the Cylons try to take control of civilization by killing people or trying to reproduce with them in "Battlestar Galactica." Though they are depicted as male and female, seductive Number Six (Tricia Helfer), is the first one introduced in the series. Justin Stephens/Sci-Fi Channel
In the film "Serenity," a continuation of the short-lived TV series "Firefly," Lenore (Nectar Rose) is the robotic wife of Mr. Universe (David Krumholtz). Universal Pictures
In the novel and film "Demon Seed," Susan Harris (played by Julie Christie) becomes the target of an artificial intelligence, created by her husband, that wants to impregnate her. MGM Studios/Moviepix/Getty Images
In the film "Eve of Destruction," EVE III is a military robot designed to resemble her creator, Dr. Eve Simmons (both played by Renée Soutendijk). She's literally a walking bomb, and things don't go well for the men who try to hit on her. Nelson Entertainment