2016: Enter the sex robots
Now, 'sex robots' sound like some dreadful new wave synthpop band, but we're talking about robots you get off with here, and Dr Helen Driscoll, who is apparently an authority on the psychology of sex reckons that robotic, interactive, motion-sensing tech is going to start appearing and being utilised more frequently in the grot-industries, over the next 12 months.
Of course, attitudes toward technology have shifted hugely in recent years, and seeing as people are much less shy about going to sex shops to buy vibrators (which are basically robots) and the like, it is likely that there's going to be a move in this direction.
We can't wait for some newspaper to start crying uncontrollably into their laps, with think-pieces about how humans are doomed and how we don't have meaningful relationships with people anymore.
Anyway, Dr Driscoll thinks that robophilia is going to be very much a thing, as 'sextech' develops and attitudes change.
"We tend to think about issues such as virtual reality and robotic sex within the context of current norms," she said. "But if we think back to the social norms about sex that existed just 100 years ago, it is obvious that they have changed rapidly and radically. As virtual reality becomes more realistic and immersive and is able to mimic and even improve on the experience of sex with a human partner; it is conceivable that some will choose this in preference to sex with a less than perfect human being."
Dr Driscoll goes further, by suggesting that people will probably fall in love with our robot baes, and if that happens, we think there might be an end to trolling almost overnight.