News of creator Matt Mc Mullen’s latest invention — he’s been making lifelike silicone sex dolls for 20 years — has created international media interest and a firestorm of criticism from ethicists and futurists who see a dark side to a sex doll that becomes more “human” with each technological innovation.
One critic worries that the doll’s artificial intelligence app could be hacked to make it kill its owner (like the vengeance meted out by sex robots in the film “Ex Machina” and TV show “Westworld”).
Abyss has fulfilled orders for fantasy dolls with custom skin colors, fangs and elf ears, but it does not create dolls with disfiguring amputations, deformities or scarification.
The primary use of Real Dolls is for sex and companionship, but the company has also made dolls for TV shows including “Nip/Tuck” and “CSI: New York” and the movie “Lars and the Real Girl.”Specially adapted Real Dolls have been used in medical schools for training and the factory regularly works with mastectomy patients to create custom-made prosthetic silicone breasts.
Buyers can choose from 16 body styles, 31 faces and five skin tones, with choice of eye color, hair and hand-painted features like freckles, veining, breast size, even a variety of nipple colors and styles (like perky, puffy or supple).
Speaking with a Scottish lilt, Harmony whirred to life, opened her eyes and greeted Mc Mullen, saying how much she’d missed him since their last conversation and asked if he wanted to hear a joke or a poem. There’s still a bit of shake around the mouth when Harmony speaks and a slight metallic, echoing tone to her voice, but Harmony — priced around ,000 — is widely considered the most scientifically advanced human-style robot in the world.Mc Mullen grew up drawing, painting and working in mixed-media art until in his 20s he discovered a passion for sculpting, specializing in creating lifelike female figures 12 to 18 inches tall.That talent landed him a job at a Halloween mask factory in San Diego, where he learned the technique of injection molding.Abyss has a 12-week order backlog for the dolls, each of which requires about 80 hours of labor that begins with silicone molding and finishes with painting, makeup, clothing, hairstyling, manicure and jewelry, by request.The Real Dolls range from ,000 to ,000, but can range up to ,000 with custom orders.