Connected Magazine

‘It’s not you, it’s my programming’

Elaine Burke looks into the evolution of sex-tech and relationships in the age of avatars and artificial intelligence

Tech’s ability to connect people has helped those whose sexuality or gender identity is outside mainstream heteronormative expectations. Picture: Getty

Tech is not new to the bedroom – and, no, I’m not talking about your electric blanket or your sleep tracking app. Sex toys have been battery-operated for a long time, and recent digital innovators have added more complexity to the mix.

According to Sex Siopa owner Shawna Scott, there was a pandemic boom for internet-connected sex toys which could be controlled by a partner remotely. But now the demand in this market is all ...