Being the analytical soul that he is, Francis W. Porretto points to a plausible enhancement to today’s rather rudimentary teledildonics:
I predict the emergence of a new industry: the sex worker behind the sexbot. Such positions could be extremely remunerative, though obviously they would demand a certain kind of personality … and the ability to multiplex conversations (and shopping trips) among many [customers] simultaneously, as a one worker per sexbot ratio would be cost-prohibitive. The preferred applicant would be sexually knowledgeable although not necessarily deeply or widely experienced, would possess a convincing female personality, and would be just as incapable as a typical young woman of saying exactly what she means.
Hm. It seems the personality behind the sexbot would have to be a young woman (or a really weird guy). Well, at least she wouldn’t have to do the “icky part,” which, after all, is the reason sexbots have been developed. So young women of America: get into training! As there will surely be intense competition for these new, demanding, but probably highly lucrative positions, prepare yourselves early for your place in this new and challenging field. Among the spinoff benefits, that way you won’t need to maintain your figure or develop expertise at any other positions. That part, we can confidently leave to the engineers.
First thought: Would these, um, assistants have to work in a so-called “clean room”?
Second thought: How hard would it be to implement a system of, um, hot-swappable appendages and such? I have to figure that some customers will have wilder imaginations than others.
Side thought: In my pony story The way she used to be, there’s a scene in which it’s revealed, far outside canon of course, that changelings, being the world-class shape-shifters that they are, might make a living on the seamier side of Equestrian cities by assuming exactly the appearance the customer might desire. (Our protagonist is no angel, but he gives the idea a hard pass.)