Can you objectify an object? For 20 years, the pioneering brains behind Abyss Creations in Southern California have tried to make sex dolls as “real” as possible. The RealDoll combines silicone body parts and AI-enhanced conversation to occupy the cutting edge of a $30 billion sex tech industry. Costing as much as $50,000, it’s stimulating more than just unfulfilled libidos. Artificial lovers also engender debates about pliant manufactured partners making it easier to ignore humanity — and, worse, to think of women as property designed to cater to men’s desires, no matter how violent.