VR-Porno-Ethics: What you shouldn’t do with digital people

The US company Holodexxx VR has focused on the creation of digital people. More precisely, it scans porn stars as realistically as possible into virtual reality as 3D figures. Every detail of the sex actors is captured with more than 100 cameras from all angles. Even the intimate zone.

The Holodexxx founders are not originally from the porn industry. They are programmers, game developers, artists. With their platform, they want to give people the opportunity to experiment with their sexuality in a protected space. In addition: The scanned porn stars don’t get older and you can see them having an orgasm as often as you like. Read more about the female orgasm at acelebrationofwomen.org.

Over the past two years, the user-funded startup has focused on the quality of the scanning process. A release of the Holodexxx platform at Steam is planned for the near future.

VR people: More than a digital image?

But the more realistic the scanned ladies and gentlemen become, the more the question arises: Can one really live out every fantasy with these figures – they are only computer code – or do they deserve more respect?

“Virtual people are a tricky undertaking – they’re not human, but they’re not completely machine,” Holodexxx writes in his own blog. And he continues: “We really think about the possible effects of what we create; effects on ourselves, the users and everyone connected with Holodexxx. The technology for virtual humans was and will continue to change rapidly, as will our ethical boundaries.”

That’s why they decided to start with three ethical guidelines and translate them into programming code:

No violence

Although Holodexxx VR figures do not feel anything, users are not allowed to live out violent fantasies on them. Strikes are a clear red line. “Spank your ass? Cool. Hit? Not so much.”

Even verbal violence via voice chat is not possible: The Avatar simply ignores comments.

No discrimination

Conversely, Holodexxx assures that it will not integrate any inappropriate content into the language function of the avatars itself. Political opinions, religious views or social attitudes had no place in the stories of the characters.

The goal is a non-judgmental experience for all users. “To be honest: Incest, rape and Lolita stories don’t appeal to us as creators.”

Fair payment

The golden age of the porn industry is long gone – at least for the actors*. This is probably why Holodexxx considers it necessary to integrate fair payment for body rentals into the ethical guidelines. The models should be paid beyond the actual body scan. Details will be decided as soon as the platform is officially launched.

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