Speaker Bio & Presentations

Dr. Marianne Brandon

Special Speaker

Marianne Brandon

Dr. Marianne Brandon is a clinical psychologist and diplomate in sex therapy. She is author of Monogamy: The Untold Story; Unlocking the Sexy in Surrender: Using the Neuroscience of Power to Recharge Your Sex Life; and co-author of Reclaiming Desire: 4 Keys to Finding Your Lost Libido. She co-hosted a talk radio show, is a past book review editor for the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, past board member of The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, and regularly writes for professional and lay publications. She has served twice as a panel member for FDA hearings evaluating medications relevant to female sexual dysfunction. Dr. Brandon writes a popular Psychology Today blog – The Future of Intimacy. Her expertise includes the impact of evolutionary instincts on intimacy, and the impact of sex tech and AI on the future of humanity. Dr Brandon has a psychotherapy practice in Sarasota, FL.

Presentations & Workshops

The Future of Sex Technology and Intimacy

We are part of a massive social experiment. Sex, gender, and relationship dynamics are changing faster than at any point in the history of humanity, and all within the backdrop of exploding sex tech and artificial intelligence. Younger generations are increasingly comfortable with technology interfacing their lives, even in intimate ways. Enter virtual reality porn, sex with avatars, and yes, sex robots. Experts predict that within 20-50 years, robots that move and interact in humanoid ways will be affordable for many. It is conceivable that an infant born today could have their first sexual experience with a robot. While human intimacy remains the gold standard, sex tech will be increasingly compelling to the degree it satisfies unmet needs. Mental health professionals will better serve their clients if they understand these new technologies, as well as the potential positive and negative impact these developments in sex tech and AI can soon have on sex and intimacy. Right now the tech industry is developing a vision of the future of intimacy. The time is now for mental health professionals to join this critical conversation.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify three socio-sexual trends in privileged cultures that may enable sex tech to increasingly impact human relationships.
  • Describe three recent innovations in sex tech that will likely impact human intimacy in the next decade
  • Articulate three potential benefits and three potential risks of advancing sex technologies
  • Recognize the populations most poised to benefit from developments in sex tech.

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