A woman kisses an artificially intelligent robot. [Shutterstock – Willyam Bradberry]
By Eric Lieberman, July 17, 2017
Sexual interactions between humans and robots are a seemingly inevitable phenomenon, as many people around the world and throughout the course of history expand their sexual options as time and technology progress.
With rapidly growing automation capabilities also comes the advent of sex robots and along with them difficult questions, including what implications such devices will have on society. Will sexbots reduce human interaction? Will they reduce marriage? What about child sexbots? Should they be legal?
“Moving in lockstep with technological developments – from printed words, drawings, photography, film, video, and the Internet — sexual robots are the newest twist in masturbatory enhancement,” Paul Abramson, professor of psychology at UCLA, and author of the new book “Screwing Around with Sex,” told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The legal implications of robots are similar, in many respects, to all of the previous masturbatory enhancements. The question is largely about differentiating tangible harms from moral pontifications in the guise of societal rules.”
In other words, Abramson, who has written a number of published works relating to human sexuality and the intersection of sex and law, is arguing that robots and sex robots by themselves aren’t necessarily an imminent problem but rather what people do with them.
In a recently published report titled “Our Sexual Future With Robots,” researchers for the Foundation for Responsible Robotics aimed to study and further understand all of the possible kinds and uses of sex robots, as well as what effect they could have in the the next five to 10 years.
The CEO of Realbotix Matt McMullen (pictured here) sculpting the face of the android.
McMullen started Abyss Creations out of his garage in 1997.
Two robotics and artificial intelligence experts work on the assembly process for one of their products.
A photo of “Harmony.” Pictures provided by Realbotix
They pointed out that several companies are creating and selling sex robots with a price range from roughly $5,000 to around $15,000. Some products, like Harmony by Abyss Creations, are sold with specific body configurations and characteristics including weight, bra size, nipple size, skin tone, eye color, and lip color. Others, like Roxxxy from TrueCompanion.com, are customizable, giving consumers a chance to choose among many options for complexion, from “Caucasian,” “Asian,” “Tanned,” to “Light Skin African,” or “Dark Skin African.”
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Another anthropomorphic feature for the androids are personality traits. Harmony can display simulated orgasms through facial expressions, shifting eyes and the emulation of sounds she “hears.” Depending on consumer preferences, Roxxxy Gold can be pre-programmed with distinctive personalities, including “Wild Wendy,” an outgoing and audacious personality, and “Frigid Farrah,” which exudes bashfulness.
Many of these robots are also embedded with sensors throughout their bodies so that they can respond to touch and movement. The “Frigid” setting causes the sex robot to act more reserved and “turned off” from sexual advances, especially when it is touched in an area humans consider private, according to the Foundation for Responsible Robotics study. (RELATED: People Prefer Soothing Young Female Voices For AI Robots)
“Rapists don’t give a shit about the victim, and worse yet, don’t believe they will ever be caught,” Abramson said when asked if sex robots could possibly decrease sexual assault rates. “If marriage doesn’t deter rape, why would a robot?”
Abramson also says that sex robots created with the likeness of a child would not automatically prevent perpetrators but could help in certain circumstances. Moreover, he doesn’t think society should treat pedophilia as a curable disease.
Pedophiles are everywhere that kids are, Abramson stated. “They are teachers, coaches, boy-scout leaders, priests, stepfathers, friends, and boyfriends of a parent and so forth.”
For Abramson, who has 40 years of experience working as an expert witness in some of the most atrocious child sexual abuse cases, pedophilia is not a choice. Pedophiles have a hardwired attraction to children.
Civilized societies have placed a number of “formidable obstacles” in the way of pedophiles. Deterrence — whether it’s harsher prison sentences, lifetime registering as sex offenders, and the worst of public shaming, he notes — keeps failing as evident by the high recidivism rates.
Shin Takagi, an admitted pedophile who runs his own child sex robot company in Japan, agrees that people like himself are genetically compelled to be aroused by such widely-disgusted behavior.
“We should accept that there is no way to change someone’s fetishes,” Takagi told The Atlantic. “I am helping people express their desires, legally and ethically. It’s not worth living if you have to live with repressed desire.”
Abramson suggests expanding the prevention methods for pedophiliac crimes by placing an undergraduate education student in every classroom to act as a teacher’s aid.
“I’ve had countless cases of teachers who sexually abuse elementary school kids, treating their classes as their fiefdom,” Abramson said.
Another far more contentious recommendation he proposes is providing salacious digital imagery with the likeness of a child (but not actually of a real child) or a child sex robot only for pedophiles who register, through a state agency, as a pedophile.
The benefits to the pedophile, Abramson contends, is that they will not be prosecuted for possessing such material (as settled by a Supreme Court case to be discussed later). In this hypothetical, possessing authentic-looking child pornography or a child sex robot would be a felony offense if a person is not formally registered. Furthermore, the benefits to the state are that pedophiles who have not committed the crime of pedophilia are able to be tracked, according to Abramson, who adds that this is just an abridged version of his proposal.
A far less sinister but perhaps just as impactful societal implication of sexual robots is that it could potentially increase social isolation. A Chinese man, for example, married a robot he built at the age of 31 after he tired of trying and failing to sell himself as a suitor.
“By 40 or 50 years, everyone of a marriageable age will have grown up with electronics all around them at home, and not see them as abnormal,” David Levy, author of “Love and Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships,” said in a 2008 interview with Scientific American. “People who grow up with all sorts of electronic gizmos will find android robots to be fairly normal as friends, partners, lovers.”
In this picture taken on May 9, 2017, a man takes pictures of physiotherapist Masayuki Ozaki and his silicone sex doll Mayu in Tokyo Bay. BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images
Nanotechnology engineer Sergi Santos poses beside Samantha, a sex doll packed with artificial intelligence providing her the capability to respond to different scenarios and verbal stimulus, in his house in Spain, March 31, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Levy predicted that since “the nature of marriage has changed” humans will be marrying robots in around 50 years. This could decrease the amount of (human) marriages, subsequently causing collateral consequences.
Dr. Kate Darling, a specialist at the MIT Media Lab and a fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center, says while she and others don’t know what to fully expect with robots, it could conceivably increase the social confidence of a hermit, or even a relatively timid person, by acting as a mechanism for practice. Such an influence could possibly increase rates of marriage.
Nevertheless, she uses the science fiction show Westworld to describe a telling example of the uncertainty of robots’ effects.
“What we don’t know is whether if you go and play around in Westworld, whether that is just an indication of how callous you are, or if it can actually desensitize you towards that human, or whether it is a really healthy outlet if you have violent tendencies,” Darling said on the podcast “Waking Up with Sam Harris,” adding that this general question is the most interesting to her in the whole far-reaching topic of the robot-human relationship.
“You can go and you can beat the crap out of this really lifelike robot, and you know that you’re not hurting a real person. And maybe that makes you a much better person in real life; you’ve gotten all of your aggressions out. We just have no idea what direction this goes in.”
James Grimmelmann, a law professor at Cornell University, agrees with Darling’s belief that the future effects of robots is highly uncertain due to the all of the potential nuances of the implications.
Like sex robots, “There’s a strong argument that the ready availability of pornography on the internet has caused” more social isolation and depraved behavior, Grimmelmann told TheDCNF. “But there’s also a strong argument that it has helped some people who are already isolated better understand themselves sexually and led to better relationships with others. It might help some people and harm others, and it’s overall hard to tell.”
One perspective is that sex robots may be therapeutic, allowing individuals to satisfy their deepest, most carnal desires without harming anyone.
“On the other hand, they may be like gateway drugs, leading more people to develop these harmful deviances or worsening already horrible deviant conduct,” Justin “Gus” Hurwitz, a professor of law at the University of Nebraska, told TheDCNF. “There is evidence that either or both of these views could be accurate.”
McMullen inspecting his work.
The painting step in the creation process.
An almost-finished sex robot.
The legal questions in particular, which naturally intertwine with the societal implications, are also plentiful and difficult.
“There’s a big difference, for instance, between regulating ‘sex robots’ and regulating ‘robots that can be programmed for sex,’” Hurwitz explained. “This is especially true because the robot is a product, but its programming may be speech that is protected by the First Amendment.”
In Ashcroft. v. Free Speech Coalition (2002), the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that a ban against virtual child pornography through the Child Pornography Prevention Act was overly broad and unconstitutional.
“Congress may pass valid laws to protect children from abuse, and it has,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his opinion at the time. “The prospect of crime, however, by itself does not justify laws suppressing protected speech.”
Such kinds of lewd content (animated pornography with the likeness of a minor) is not completely analogous to sex robots. Darling argues that there is a substantial difference between a physical robot and a virtual, abstract entity.
While comparing the correlation — or lack thereof — between violent video games and subsequent human violence, Darling argues that there is “no reason to believe we can’t mentally compartmentalize in that case.”
“But we do know that we respond very differently to physical things than things on a screen. We have this more visceral response to the physicality of robots,” Darling said.
Whether Kennedy and the five other justices would apply their ruling to sex robots is not clear. What is clear, however, is that like the inevitably of growing consumership, the Supreme Court will almost certainly have to interpret the legality of sex robots in the not too distant future.
April 18, 2014
So, Putin’s mother Maria Ivanovna Shelomova, was JEWISH, which makes him ………………………………….
And we in the real Truth movement are aware that we are not up against a NWO, or the Illuminati, but a Jew World Order. With International Jewry pulling all the strings.
So, can anyone explain to me why there are still some people in the Truth movement who refuse to see this glaringly obvious situation?? That these sites STILL portray this sellout to humanity as their superhero. That somehow there is a Russia/West divide. Exactly what the JMSM wants us to believe. It is quite incredible that people who claim to be politically astute cannot see what is going on.
That yet again, International Jewry are playing both sides. The blue vs the reds. Good cop bad cop routine. How simple can this be to work out??
He is just another crypto Jew, having conveniently converted to Orthodox Christianity in the 1960’s. How convenient. He is no more a Christian than Benjamin Netanyahu. He is just another conniving, manipulative, greedy, demonic, billionaire, oligarch Jew – who is deceiving us.
It is more Jewish deception. Another Jewish scam. Trickery. Lies. And very poorly disguised lies at that. It would take a 14 year old schoolboy to source this information and work the scam out in just one evening after school. Yet we have all these so-called Truth outlets in denial. Quite incredible. What’s going on?
PUTIN THE JEW IS NOT YOUR SUPERHERO
PUTIN THE JEW IS NOT GOING TO SAVE THE DAY
PUTIN THE JEW IS PLAYING HIS ROLE IN THE DESTRUCTION OF THE PLANET
HE IS A MAIN PIECE ON THE GRAND CHESS BOARD AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN
SNAP OUT OF YOUR GULLIBILITY
AND FACE REALITY
Interview with Alexander/Iskander has him and Daryl Bradford Smith from http://www.iamthewitness claiming Putin’s Jewish background. [first audio after 10 minutes]
In the first addition of Putins book: First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia’s President it says his mothers maiden name was Shalomovitch – which apparently is a Jewish name. Yet in the second addition, it conveniently changes to Shelomova. A cover up??
Putin’s maternal grandfather was a Jew named Mordechai involved in the bolshevik revolution, his paternal grandfather worked all his life as the chef of Lenin and Stalin.
His paternal grandfather, Spiridon Ivanovich Putin (1879–1965), was employed at Vladimir Lenin‘s dacha at Gorki as a cook, and after Lenin’s death in 1924, he continued to work for Lenin’s wife, Nadezhda Krupskaya. He would later cook for Joseph Stalin when the Soviet leader visited one of his dachas in the Moscow region. Spiridon later was employed at a dacha belonging to the Moscow City Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, at which the young Putin would visit him.
His other grandfather was a jew from a Ukranian village and a bolshevik activist.
At Putin’s Side, an Army of Jewish Billionaires
Russian President Putin attends ceremony 370. (photo credit:POOL New / Reuters)
”We have to keep our Jewishness and be united in the Diaspora,” says Russian Jewish Congress VP.
When the air-conditioning broke down at the reception for the unveiling ceremony of the Red Army monument in Netanya on Monday, it didn’t matter if you were a billionaire, multimillionaire or broke.
Everyone suffered the same.
In one corner sat Mikhail Fridman, the seventh-richest man in Russia, whose fortune is estimated at $15 billion by Forbes. He stayed hydrated in the sweltering heat by sipping a glass of water.
In another stood Moshe Kantor, the chemicals tycoon who Forbes said was worth $2.3b. He repeatedly removed the beads of sweat from his head with a napkin.
The two men were part of a group of two dozen or so affluent Russian-speaking businessmen who came to the ceremony where President Vladimir Putin was the guest of honor. Some, like Fridman, flew in especially from Russia. Others, like Kantor, drove from nearby Herzliya, where many businessman from the former Soviet Union including Leonid Nevzlin and Gabriel Mirilashvili, to name a few, have made their homes.
For many members of this class of ultra rich Putin’s arrival in the country was an opportunity for them to brush shoulders with one another and to mingle with friends and officials from the motherland. The richest man in the room filled with rich men was probably the media-shy Fridman, who declined to speak to The Jerusalem Post.
“I am a private person,” he said, displaying seemingly good English.
Other faces were more familiar to locals. Lev Leviev, the diamonds and real estate mogul who is a bit of anomaly in this world, was on hand. Although born in Uzbekistan, then part of the Soviet Union, he immigrated to Israel as a teenager in the 1970s and made his money in the Jewish state. Only after the markets in the former Soviet Union opened did the Israeli, whose worth was estimated at about $1.7b. earlier this year, invest extensively in natural resources and property in that part of the world.
Not everybody in the room was a billionaire. Some were worth a mere couple of hundred of million dollars.
Alexander Levin, a Ukrainian businessman who was among those who donated to build the monument, is one of latter.
The real estate developer, who last year set up the World Forum for Russian Jewry, an advocacy group based in New York, explained why he it was an important cause.
“My two grandparents were killed during World War II so it’s very important to us,” he said. “We are paying just a little [in comparison to what they paid].”
How much is a little? Levin said the exact sum “was not important” but that it was “a lot of money.”
Members of United Israel Appeal-Keren Hayesod, which raised the money to build the marble and concrete monument overlooking the azure Mediterranean Sea, were also tight-lipped.
“We organized a group of 10 to 15 top businessmen who raised the money that helped transform this dream to reality,” said Gadi Dror, the UIA’s director of the eastern region. “We do not go [into the] figures because they [the donors] prefer not to but it is meaningful amount.”
A source later said each businessman had donated at least $100,000.
Watching the group of mega-wealthy interact, one cannot help but wonder how so many affluent businessmen in the former Soviet Union are Jewish.
German Zakharyaev, vice president of the Russian Jewish Congress, cited two main reasons for that. First, Jews are few among many.
“We are a minority and as such we have to be strong [if we are] to preserve our customs,” said the businessman who, as a member of the Mountain Jewish community of the eastern Caucuses, is a minority within a minority.
“This is something in our commandments that we have to keep our Jewishness and be united in the Diaspora.”
Second, he said, Jewish businessmen are hard workers.
“We think a lot and we sleep a little,” he said.
© David Gray / Reuters
Head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde says the organization may move its headquarters from Washington DC to Beijing in a decade if the growth trend in China and other major emerging markets continues.
Changes in big emerging markets will be reflected in the IMF’s voting structure, and the Fund will need to increase its representation in the region, according to Lagarde.
“Which might very well mean, that if we have this conversation in 10 years’ time…we might not be sitting in Washington, DC We’ll do it in our Beijing head office,” the Fund’s Managing Director said.
Lagarde highlighted that emerging economies are currently growing larger and more influential.
She added that the IMF’s bylaws call for the institution’s head office to be located in the largest member economy.
Since its establishment 70 years ago the IMF has always been located in the US. The US government has an effective veto over IMF decisions with a 16.5 percent share of its board votes.
According to analysts, China with growth rates forecast above six percent has a chance to overtake the US in gross domestic product during the next ten years and become the world’s largest economy in nominal terms.
IMF’s Lagarde doesn’t rule out another global financial crisis https://on.rt.com/8hmu
IMF’s Lagarde doesn’t rule out another global financial crisis — RT Business
Another financial crisis is still possible, according to International Monetary Chief Christine Lagarde. She was commenting on a statement by US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who predicted she…
However, some experts, including IMF economists, argue that China already contributes more to global growth on a purchasing power parity basis, which adjusts for differences in prices.
The voting structure was last revised by the IMF in 2010, with China’s share increased to 6.41 percent. The Fund is planning to set another review next year.
© Nicolas Asfour / AFP
“Astounding” new evidence suggests ‘party drug’ Ketamine can cure/end depression in the elderly.
Australian researchers at the Black Dog Institute completed the world’s first randomized control trial (RCT), assessing the efficacy and safety of ketamine as a treatment for depression in elderly patients.
World-first trial of #ketamine for geriatric #depression by Black Dog Institute and @UNSW shows promising results: http://bit.ly/2uOguma
World-first ketamine trial shows promise for geriatric depression
New study co-led by Black Dog Institute and UNSW Sydney provides preliminary evidence that ketamine is effective as an antidepressant when delivered in repeated intravenous doses.
A total of 16 patients over the age of 60, many of whom had suffered from depression for years and found other treatments ineffective, were given low doses of the drug.
Increasing doses of ketamine were given over a period of five weeks, with doses tailored for each individual participant.
The results, published in the latest American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, provide preliminary evidence that ketamine is effective as an antidepressant – when delivered in repeated intravenous doses.
“What we noticed was that ketamine worked incredibly quickly and incredibly effectively,” Professor Colleen Loo, who led the pilot program told ABC News. “By incredibly effective, we mean going rapidly from severely depressed to being completely well in one day.”
“Some people think, ‘oh maybe it was just a drug induced temporary high’ — and it wasn’t,” she said. “You had the woozy effects in the first hour or so, but the antidepressant effects kicked in later.”
While the illicit narcotic has a reputation as a rave drug, it has long been used as an anaesthetic or sedative. None of the participants experienced problematic side effects, according to the research team who administered the drug through a small injection under the skin.
“Our results indicate a dose-titration method may be particularly useful for older patients, as the best dose was selected for each individual person to maximize ketamine’s benefits while minimizing its adverse side effects,” she said.
Further study is needed, however, to understand the risks of ketamine use and possible side effects, such as its impact on liver function.
The institute will continue its research with a much larger, three-year trial into the drug’s efficacy as a treatment for major depression.
The trial, which aims to be the world’s largest in this field, will be made up of 200 Australian and New Zealand participants who have not responded to existing medications for major depression.
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People living with HIV may one day be able to replace their daily pills with just a few injections a year, according to a new study. It comes amid reports that a South African girl has shown no signs of the virus rebounding despite being taken off drugs years ago.
The study results were published in the journal The Lancet on Monday, to coincide with an HIV science conference being held by the International Aids Society in Paris.
The research involved nearly 300 HIV positive people who were given a course of daily pills to bring the virus under control. Participants were located in the US, Germany, Canada, Spain, France, and Germany.
Daily oral pills are currently the only option available to HIV patients, and those who forget their medication run the risk of the virus rebounding to make them ill, or developing a resistance to the drugs they were using.
When the virus was brought under control in the participants, some continued taking oral treatment while others were given an injectable antiretroviral drug (ARV) which was administered every four weeks, or every eight weeks.
Once 96 weeks had passed, the results showed that those who received injections every eight weeks experienced the best results, with 94 percent of them showing that the virus was still subdued.
Eighty-seven percent of those who received injections every four weeks showed the virus to still be subdued, compared to just 84 percent of patients who took daily oral pills.
Study co-author David Margo of Viiv Healthcare, a pharmaceutical company involved in developing the injectable drug, said injections could represent the “next revolution” in HIV treatment.
“The introduction of single-tablet medication represented a leap forward in ART dosing, and long-active antiretroviral injections may represent the next revolution in HIV therapy by providing an option that circumvents the burden of daily dosing,” he said, as quoted by AFP.
“Adherence to medication remains an important challenge in HIV treatment,” he added.
However, the researchers stressed that “trials are ongoing and are needed to confirm the results.”
Some of the study participants experienced mild or moderate pain at the injection site. Two people wanted to stop getting the shots, which contain a mix of cabotegravir and rilpivirine.
Side effects including diarrhea and headaches were reported in all three groups.
9yo ‘virtually cured’ of HIV
The study’s release came as researchers at the HIV science conference in Paris revealed the case of a nine-year-old South African girl who was born with HIV, but has been confirmed to be in remission despite ending drug treatment years ago.
The girl, whose identity has been protected, started on medication when she was two months old, and ended the course 40 weeks later, AP reported.
She underwent recent tests at the age of 9 1/2, which found signs of the virus in a small number of immune system cells. However, none of them were capable of reproducing.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading AIDS scientist in the US, said the girl does not have a gene mutation that gives natural resistance to the HIV infection, and thus concluded that her remission is likely due to the early treatment she received as an infant.
The young girl’s case was included in a study presented at the conference and sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which Fauci heads.
It’s not the first time that a case of HIV remission has been reported to take place after treatment has ended.
A French teen who was born with HIV and is now around 20 years old has managed to keep her infection under control despite not taking any medications since she was around six years old.
A baby born with HIV in the US state of Mississippi in 2010 also managed to suppress her infection for 27 months after stopping treatment, before it reappeared in her blood. The virus came under control again after she resumed treatment.
At least a dozen adults have also experienced remissions lasting for years after stopping HIV medications, AP reported.
They have never seen a HIV virus, this scam is based on anti-bodies they claim are made in your body when there is a HIV virus. It a ghost virus:
GETTY STOCK IMAGE, Wireless technology could be causing major health problems in children, a study says
May 30, 2017
WIRELESS mobile phones, laptops and tablets could be causing major health problems in children and contributing to autism and hyperactivity, a new study warns.
The devices, which even include baby monitors, emit radiation and electromagnetic fields that pierce thin skulls, harming memory, learning and other mental skills, warn doctors.
Developing grey matter is more absorbent in children than adults with their genes and DNA especially vulnerable to the dangerous radio waves.
It provides an explanation for the increase in autism and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) among youngsters.
Environmental scientist Dr Cindy Sage said wireless devices produce electromagnetic fields (EMF) and pulsed radio frequency radiation (RFR) to communicate with cell towers through their antenna.
She said: “New epigenetic studies are profiled in this review to account for some neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioural changes due to exposure to wireless technologies.
“Symptoms of retarded memory, learning, cognition, attention and behavioural problems have been reported in numerous studies and are similarly manifested in autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, as a result of EMF and RFR exposures where both epigenetic drivers and genetic (DNA) damage are likely contributors.
“Technology benefits can be realised by adopting wired devices for education to avoid health risk and promote academic achievement.”
GETTY STOCK IMAGE, Developing grey matter is more absorbent in children than adults with their genes
Along with colleague Dr Ernesto Burgio she carried out a comprehensive review of old and new studies to show the devices, including baby monitors can alter the brains of children through a process known as epigenetics.
This is the regulation of genes through environmental influences such as diet, lifestyle and new technology.
She added: “Reductions in preventable exposures to EMF and RFR should be a top public health and school district priority.
“Technology benefits can be realised by adopting wired devices for education to avoid health risk and promote academic achievement.”
The study published in Child Development said evidence that mobile technologies may hinder rather than promote academic achievement strongly suggest a reappraisal of wireless applications.
Where autism spectrum conditions (ASCs) and ADHD are concerned, there is a striking similarity in effects documented from exposure to radiation from Wi-Fi devices.
Dr Burgio said: “Mobile phone radiation exposures commonly experienced today by children’s wireless devices are capable of producing neurological and cognitive effects congruent with those often exhibited in ASCs and ADHD.”
GETTY STOCK IMAGE, Too much screen time is linked to violent behaviour, poor school performance & lower reading scores
The radio waves can also result in epigenetic changes in DNA expression that can impair normal functioning, without causing direct damage but simply affecting how well cell functions are carried out.
He added: “New epigenetic studies on mobile phone emissions support this evidence.”
Dr Burgio, of the International Society of Doctors for Environment, Basel, and Dr Sage, of environmental sciences consulting firm Sage Associates, Santa Barbara, said wireless devices have become “deeply embedded” in children’s lives.
They include iPads and other tablets, wireless, laptops, electronic baby monitors and surveillance devices.
The largest ever animal toxicity study by the US National Toxicology Program found an increased risk of glioma, the deadliest type of brain tumour, in male rats exposed to as little as 1.5 W/kg, below the current public safety limit, and to which children using mobile phones and tablets will be exposed.
The Kaiser Family Foundation sets media use among eight to 18 year olds at more than 7.5 hours a day or 54 hours a week and says too much screen time is linked to violent behaviour, poor school performance, lower reading scores, sleep pattern disturbances, being overweight, and consumption of junk food.