Heads up! I must warn you this article is likely NSFW – unfortunate, because it’s an important business story and addresses one of the primary business drivers for the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as other significant areas of technology innovation. But just as pornography quietly drove the initial growth of the videocassette recorder business and the World Wide Web itself, virtual sex is both leveraging and driving the development of several cutting-edge technologies, regardless of whether the topic offends our sensibilities.

robotRemember, whenever people are willing to pay for a product or service, there is a business opportunity, and someone will capitalize on it. But the business importance of virtual sex only begins with the short-term opportunity. Just as VCRs were too expensive for the consumer market until porn consumers drove up demand, virtual sex will lead to similarly cost-reducing economies of scale for many IoT and other technologies.

Today’s story, however, is not about pornography. The virtual sex marketplace is surprisingly diverse and innovative, reaching into many dark corners of the IoT and beyond. Let’s shine some light and explore the real business story of virtual sex technology.

Read the entire article at http://techemergence.com/virtual-sex-the-unspoken-driver-of-iot-innovation/.

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