Sex

This Porn Company Wants to Use Virtual Reality to Keep You Alive Forever

Sex today. Immortality tomorrow.
IMAGE Camasutra VR
Comments

Porn star Casey Calvert is completely naked, save for a pair of Louboutin heels.

Everything, down to the most private parts of her private parts, is on display. And if you step up to the Camasutra booth at the Adult Entertainment Expo, you can reach right out and touch her. Just know that while you do so, dozens of other people will be standing there, watching your every move, and you won't actually feel anything. That's because Casey isn't really there—it's her avatar. And you're just a hand, grasping for air.

Camasutra isn't in the business of public sex acts. The tech company is in the business of Virtual Reality, at least for the time being. "Our first rollout is a VR-based product," CEO Adam Sutra says, "but it's mostly because everyone likes VR."

The company, which Sutra describes as an "erotic tech startup," wants to venture into the worlds of Augmented and Mixed Reality in the near future. Unlike VR, Augmented and Mixed Reality bring the actor (or actors) into the user's world; AR enables a projection to appear in front of the user, while MR virtually builds actors and objects into the user's environment. If that sounds too technical, think of it this way: Instead of users entering a porn scene, the porn star joins the user in his or her own bedroom (or wherever else). And, in time, you might be able to "interact" with someone from your personal life—maybe even yourself.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

But for now, using body scans, neuro-mapping, and skeletal tracking, the company has already achieved a remarkable level of realism. Cast your goggles down and you'll see "your body"—it's an actor's, unless you scan your own—and from there, the rest of the scene depends on you. Camasutra tracks it all, including where a user puts their hands down to the speed and force of their, well, motion.

IN TIME, YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO "INTERACT" WITH SOMEONE FROM YOUR PERSONAL LIFE—MAYBE EVEN YOURSELF.

Even the appearance of actors' avatars is accurate. As Sutra explains, "We've scanned a bunch of performers, and what we do after the scan is that they can train their own avatars. We measure how they stand, how they walk, how they talk. The more time someone spends with their avatar, the better it becomes." In the future, this avatar could be you, your partner, or anyone who wants to be uploaded.

Though the scanning process is currently limited to the actors and actresses already in the system, Camasutra is unique in its willingness to one day open the process to the general (consenting) public, which is a bit controversial, to say the least. People currently can't agree about whether Prince's likeness is fair game for a Super Bowl hologram, let alone who should be available for digital intercourse. Given the controversy already surrounding non-consensual "deepfakes" in porn, the legal road ahead will presumably be a long one.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

As for the technology? It isn't far off. It's already used in Hollywood blockbusters to assist with costuming—a scan of Gal Gadot was used to create a perfectly formed breastplate for her character in Wonder Woman—but Sutra is attracted to the potential for personal use. "You can become the actor," he says, "or perhaps you want to be a voyeur. All of these things are possible in an interactive experience."

For this to happen, the company has to do more than just develop more scenarios for its current prototype. It also needs to address digital human rights beyond consenting porn actors. Perhaps the most obvious question is who exactly can and should be scanned into the system, and who will have access to their avatars. 

Camasutra, however, doesn't see its role in ethical policing; the company is more interested in creating content. For them, those science-fiction-level questions are still too far off to be relevant. Still, shows like Black Mirror have explored that strange line between human and humanoid, and almost always, one side loses out. Artificial or not, to what end do we have a responsibility to the creations we make?

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

ARTIFICIAL OR NOT, TO WHAT END DO WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO THE CREATIONS WE MAKE?

In Sutra's eyes, the greater potential goes even beyond the sexual realm. He suggests, "People that you know quite well—you might want to scan them. You might want to have them immortalized. When they die, you might want to keep them around."

Conversations have already taken place over cryonics, or the process of freezing people with the hopes of bringing them back to life once the technology or medical advancement is available. The process is widely seen in the scientific community as irresponsible, if not a malicious money drain. While Camasutra's advances and ideals focus more on a digital realm, it asks the ultimate question: What benefit (or ramification) comes from a human—or even their digital echo—being kept alive forever?

For now, the Camasutra team sees themselves as "hardware agnostic" innovators. Before anyone tries to recreate a real world "San Junipero," the first order of business is to take the current technology and make it more affordable so that avatars like Casey Calvert and other consenting actors are available to the everyday VR porn consumer. And while the logistics and legalities may not be finalized, Camasutra has an endgame to give you more to do than just watch.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

Comments
View More Articles About:
About The Author
Justin Kirkland
View Other Articles From Justin Kirkland
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
Loading screens will soon feel as antiquated as sticking cartridges into your N64
 
Share
The HBO show might be over, but A Song of Ice and Fire still has two books to go.
 
Share
Snap your summer pics with a OneStep 2 camera on Stranger Things-inspired film.
 
Share
New series like Russian Doll, I Think You Should Leave, and Special are the anti-Game of Thrones
 
Share
A new, non-surgical treatment claims to eradicate droopy jowls in under an hour. But is it too good to be true? Rob Crossan tries to roll back the years with a bout of 'Ultherapy.'
 
Share
A new study shows that a not-zero percentage of dudes enlist their buddies' help in grooming "down there."
 
Share
Not as awkward as destroying a city and murdering innocents with a dragon, but still quite awkward
 
Share
Huni Lio is Ayala Land's sustainable, eco-friendly, and inexpensive resort in El Nido, Palawan,.
 
Share
You don't have to go far from the city to get to some of the best snorkeling spots in the Philippines.
 
Share
For Esquire US' Summer 2019 issue, they assembled Quentin Tarantino and his two leading men for their first conversation since they wrapped Taratino's ninth film, which premiered at Cannes Tuesday.
Load More Articles