How AI will make the world safer for sex workers and their clients

The future of the sex trade, despite what you may have heard from raging journalists who decry the death of human interaction, is not a robot. They are humans. But these humans, as well as their clients, will rely on AI for their safety. Well, the lucky ones will do it.

It is difficult to put the critical situation of sex workers in the world into perspective. Much of the "research" on the subject is carried out without conviction, often in complete disregard of the scientific method and with very little, if any, information from sex workers.

Consider this quote from Maggie McNeill, a retired sex worker. New York Times op-ed:

Imagine a study of the alcohol industry that interviewed no brewer, wine expert, liquor store owner, or drinker, but relied solely on statements by FAT agents, politicians from County and members of Alcoholics Anonymous and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Or, what about a restaurant report that addresses the opinions of failed hot dog stand operators as the basis for general statements about all types of agri-food, from convenience stores to food trucks in Canada. through McDonald's restaurants and five-star restaurants?

If irresponsible researchers were not enough, the negative public perception of sex workers – refined by millennia of puritanical religious oppressions – obscuring the facts of sex work is the subject of an absolute truth.

In simple terms, even those who think well often want to know how to help sex workers. But the arrival of IA changes the prognosis.

And just as science has spent decades devising ideas to solve the personal transportation crisis before a contractor named Travis Kalanick arrives and offers the right solution at the right time, we believe that women workers sex are just waiting for the right start to solve their problems.

A recent study by researchers from the University of Surrey and the University of Oxford predicts that autonomous cars will usher in a new era of urban tourism and a new paradigm for sex workers.

In the following quote from the team's research paper, "Autonomous Vehicles and the Future of Urban Tourism", the acronym "SCAV" refers to a driverless vehicle operated by a company, while "CAV" refers to reference to a private vehicle:

Although CSVAs are likely to be monitored to deter passengers from having sex or using drugs, and to prevent violence, this monitoring can be quickly neutralized, disabled or removed. In addition, personal CAVs will likely be immune to such surveillance. These private CAVs can also be used for commercial purposes, as imagining the Amsterdam Red Light District "in motion" is just a small leap forward.

It may seem far away, but in places where prostitution is legal, it could become the norm in a few years – a decade at best.

One reason is that they could provide a safe place for people to be alone in public. The current paradigm of sex work generally involves one of the following six models:

  • A sex worker meets a client on a brothel
  • Sex worker takes / meets client to / at motel / hotel
  • Female sex worker rides in the client's car
  • A sex worker goes to the client's home
  • The client goes to the sex worker's home
  • Female sex worker and client obscure in public

These are all problematic, in one way or another, for the client or the sex worker. In countries where sex work is legal, engaging in sexual acts in public and in vehicles is still a crime. And there are obvious reasons why sex workers should not visit the client's home in most circumstances, nor allow them to visit their client's home. In addition, for clients who value their privacy, being caught in a brothel may be a risk they do not want to take.

Driverless cars offer a solution. If humans are not needed for the operation of the vehicle, it does not matter what they do inside. This, of course, evokes images of hundreds of cars with black windows screaming along the highway as people sought to become members of the 300 km / h club, but I keep away from the subject.

Ultimately, the non-participating public and those working in the sex industry could benefit from a paradigm that keeps prostitutes away from sordid motels and sidewalks. sure the streets, inside of hot cars full of safety devices and snacks.

This may seem like a shocking idea for "clutchers" and "bump thumpers", but the fact is that there are more than 40 million prostitutes in the world. And unless you think they only serve one or two customers – and you'd be ridiculous if you did – we're talking about hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people who are affected.

It's also an untapped market for AI developers. Someone will become wealthy by offering a security suite for sex workers and then associating her with a fleet of autonomous luxury shuttles. Mark my words, it's only a matter of time.

And this is because, time and again over the course of history, social taboos have emerged as a fear-based response to new phenomena. These same taboos eventually disappeared, because science and engineering have created more effective solutions than just the fear of people.

Here's an example: imagine yourself trying to explain what Uber is at someone from the year 1998.

It's basically a service where people drive to look for strangers, do not they? But, in the 1990s, the pickup of hitchhikers was not only illegal in most areas (in the US, anyway), but also considered extremely dangerous.

But, explain yourself, advances in technology have made it easy for people to share their journeys safely and easily. And today, anyone who claims not to use Uber or Lyft because "it's not safe" has a hard head.

Statistically, hitchhikers have never been so dangerous: violent incidents were an obvious anomaly given the growing popularity of hitchhiking in the 1960s and 1990s. And the same could be said of sex workers, only their popularity precedes recorded history.

But, when Uber is simply an app that connects people, sex workers need more. It's easy to imagine a world where a sex worker starts her work day by calling her office / bedroom car to pick them up. Once inside, they can preview customers, check statistics, and view their own health information.

Once a customer ordered a pickup, the vehicle could locate and ship them. His artificial intelligence could use internal biometrics software (and employee feedback via an app) to ensure that they are not banned, blocked, or out of date. Or whatever, a UI expert and an engineer could solve the problem with the contribution of the sex worker community.

During the "transaction", both parties could even be monitored in real time, but not by video. Saving the law would violate the worker's and client's privacy, but AI does not need to see what happens to know what's going on. Here are some examples of technologies that can be adapted to ensure security without losing anonymity (unless necessary).

So we already have the technology to monitor brain waves, pulse, breathing and stress levels with AI. It would certainly not be very difficult for an engineer to install the necessary hardware and software in a car to enable him to detect potential problems between the sex worker and the client. It can be argued that the only difficulty lies in the expectation of autonomous vehicle technology.

Outside the vehicle, AI could be used as a companion for sex workers. This is not the kind of thing you tell about your day, but the type you talk about your mental and physical health symptoms so that it can manage your appointments. The type that follows you via GPS and is monitored by a system built from the ground up in order to protect sex workers and their clients.

Anyone who offers a safer and simpler way for people in the sex industry to become their own boss and for customers to get what they want in a clean and friendly environment will probably gain a few dollars.

After all, the only thing you get with an Uber ride is a polite and free conversation – and this business is worth nearly $ 100 billion.

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