TV and Movies Raunchy replicants and amorous aliens: How real is sci-fi sex? As part of our report exploring the future of sex, we get hot and sweaty with science fiction from "Blade Runner" to "Her. This story contains descriptions of racy onscreen sex -- and seductive aliens. In Woody Allen's comic caper "Sleeper," 22nd-century citizens hop into a machine called the Orgasmatron for instant sexual gratification.
Sounds pretty fantastical if your idea of high-tech sex is Netflix and chill, but as we slip into wearables that measure pelvic thrusts and have sex with increasingly lifelike robots , it seems the steamiest moments in sci-fi movies and TV shows might be coming sooner than you think. As part of our CNET special report Turned On exploring the intersection of technology and sex, we take a romp with onscreen science fiction to see what's already made its way into our beds and what still awaits our touch.
Now let's lie back and think of the future. The future of love, seen on screen 1: The sexploitation classic "Barbarella" sees lovers of the far future taking "exaltation-transference pills" and pressing together their palms instead of their mucky bits.
Jane Fonda slips out of her spacesuit in "Barbarella. You probably don't have to worry about a deadly climax if a bad guy takes control of your favorite vibrator, but you do have to worry about today's smart sex toys being vulnerable to hacks. Not all onscreen sci-fi gadgets provide happy endings. Randy robots Many sci-fi stories warn that replacing real love and sex with undemanding technology could lead to an austere, dysfunctional society -- and real-life academics have expressed similar concerns.
That scenario doesn't seem so far off considering we can already hang out with customizable sex chatbots. Joaquin Phoenix gets close, very close, to his computer in "Her. Increasingly lifelike RealDolls with programmable personalities are just months away, though it may be awhile before they're bed-hopping with the masses.
In the sci-fi future, however, people are having it away with androids left, right and center. Daryl Hannah as a doll-like "basic pleasure model" in "Blade Runner. The Next Generation " sees Data getting his robotic rocks off more often than some of his fleshy human shipmates. In the polluted future of " Blade Runner ," meanwhile, lifelike androids known as replicants colonize the galaxy, fight wars and generally do the jobs no one else wants.
That includes entertaining the troops: Pris, played by Daryl Hannah in a straw wig and racoon makeup, is "a basic pleasure model. Recently, we've learned artificial intelligence can pick up our prejudices , but it's already happened on film.
The robot in horror movie "Saturn 3," written by novelist Martin Amis , picks up the worst proclivities of Harvey Keitel 's villain, including a murderous lust for Farrah Fawcett. Click for more Turned On. If we ever do find ourselves in conflict with artificial intelligence , our biological urges could prove our undoing. In the " Battlestar Galactica " series, the Cylons spot this weakness and infiltrate the human race through the clever tactic of being really, really hot.
X-rated extra-terrestrials In real life, alien life will probably take the form of bacteria , which isn't anyone's idea of a hot date. In sci-fi, however, many aliens not only know English, but speak the language of love. Good news for Star Trek 's Captain Kirk and Commander Riker, who are forever going on stardates, seeking out new life forms and new uncivilized things to do to them.
While Kirk and other sexual spacefarers have a girl in every galaxy, plenty of aliens have made the return trip with a twinkle of stardust in their eyes. Kirk, doing his bit for interplanetary relations. She's designed to be the ultimate weapon in the battle with a vast and ancient evil. But once that's out of the way, what better way to celebrate than bumping multipasses with Bruce Willis?
Interestingly, alien beings taking on female form are often treated as horrifying or predatory. That brings us to the "Alien" series, which inspired a vast mythology and endless scholarly articles around its phallic and vaginal imagery of violent penetration, impregnation and birth.
The series is rammed full of terrifying moments of reproductive body horror -- from the moment a monstrous egg gloopily peeled open and a facehugger leapt out in 's "Alien," through the egg-laying of the towering queen creature in sequel "Aliens" to the visceral gore of this year's "Alien: Covenant," in which an alien curls its spiked tail between two lovers and skewers them mid-coitus.
Fortunately, plenty of celluloid aliens have sex without all that blood and screaming, like the Antareans who join with Steve Guttenberg for a cerebral coupling in a swimming pool in heartwarmer "Cocoon. In the future, however, technology could come up with new ways of propagating the species -- and the impact on society might not be much fun.
George Lucas ' first film " THX " in and the film " Equals ," starring Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart , depict austere societies in which emotions and sexual relationships are banned in favor of dispassionate reproduction.
While we're moving toward gene therapy and debating the merits of editing the DNA of our children, no one's yet suggesting we give up entirely on making the babies the old-fashioned way.
Fertility is at stake in Hulu's recent hit series " The Handmaid's Tale ," based on the horrifying novel by Margaret Atwood. In the near future, it's not technological change at issue but social change, as women are subjugated under a totalitarian religious system in which the few fertile "Handmaids" are repeatedly raped and brutalized.
Most chilling is that this sci-fi parable parallels some women's real-life experiences. Behind the scenes at a sex robot factory In the bleak, near-future parable " Code 46 ," released in , cloning comes with its own new problems. The state monitors relationships to ensure no one with similar DNA gets together. That's enforced with smart viruses, including one that makes the people in relationships feel physically sick at the sight of each other, which kind of ruins the moment.
Nice piece of astronaut With all those amorous androids and ardent aliens awaiting us, no wonder we're so keen to explore the stars.