About 20 percent of people say they would have sex with a robot, according to a poll of more than 2,000 U.K. residents.
But while one in five said they would get busy with an android, 46 percent said they believe technology is advancing too quickly.
One third expressed concern that robots will replace key human positions, becoming soldiers, police officers and teachers.
“While many of us worry about the role of technology and machines in modern society, robots are increasingly being developed for important roles that will help protect and improve our lives,” said Middlesex University’s Professor Martin Smith, who oversaw the study.
While 17 percent said they would “have sex with an android,” 41 percent said they thought sex with a robot was “creepy” and 14 percent said robots shouldn’t even be used that way.
More than 11 percent said they would like a robot child like David in the movie “A.I.” Nearly one fifth of pet owners said they’d replace an animal with a robot.
Although it seems obvious that artificial intelligence would replace humans in life-threatening situations, Smith said it’s unlikely robots will contribute to unemployment.
"Though many fear their jobs will be taken over by machines, it is more likely that robots will be used as assistants, and the future workforce could have the benefit of avoiding hazardous and repetitive tasks rather than suffer mass redundancies,” Smith said.