"Our bodies, our identities and our senses are enhancing thanks to technology and societal shifts," Ghislaine Boddington, co-founder and creative director of East London design unit body>data>space, said, in an interview with the Mirror.
"Indeed, intimacy as we know it is expanding its boundaries — enabling us to experience love and affection beyond the physical and into the virtual."
The research was done as a promotion for the FutureFirst festival in September, a weekend-long event including interactive performances, immersive experiences, and speakers who aim to challenge perceptions of the future.
The robot-love study wasn’t the only promotional survey conducted to bring attention to the event.
A research team found that 50% of those Brits surveyed that use bank cards would agree to be implanted with microchips to use for any number of tasks, including opening doors, paying for lunch or accessing computers.