The omnipresence of porn is just as much about nudity and the well-endowed as it is technology. From chatbots to virtual reality, erotica drives innovation.
This is hardly surprising. But what you may not know is how much pornography has aided in the evolution and creation of the most coveted innovations. In fact, much of the technology we enjoy today is because of porn. From the iPhone touchscreen to the sexual driving force behind VR, pornography laid the groundwork for some of today’s most important technologies.
We’ve come a long ways from the writings of Pietro Arentino.
Printing press porn
Though sources cite Le Coucher de la Mariée as the birth of pornography, the erotic genre dates back much earlier than the 1896 film.
Johannes Gutenberg’s little machine both helped and hindered the growth and acceptance of pornography. With the increasing literacy and decreasing cost of printing, a completely new genre of human experience was created. But did you know one of the most well-respected literary works is also erotica? Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Though not written for the larger reading audience, this work was no less scandalous.
Super 8 at the Motel 6
The year was 1958. A young British photographer, Harrison Marks, began making 8mm short films of women undressing and posing topless. These films would become known as “glamour home movies.”
As technology advanced, the sales of 8mm cameras and projectors shot up. Super 8 cameras were cheap and extremely easy to use and, because of this convenience, became standard in the porn industry.
Debbie does standard formats
In the late 1970s, Betamax and VHS battled over which home viewing technology would reign supreme. Thanks to pornographers who settled the format war, selling adult content solely on VHS tapes and accounting for 50 percent of videotape sales in the US.
Jump ahead to the early 2000s, erotica once again changed the media format landscape welcoming DVDs with open arms… among other body parts.
Battle of the bulge
Like the format wars of the 70s and 90s, home viewing battled again with the advent of Blue-Ray discs. Though a technically lower picture quality, Blue-Ray discs offer up to nine hours of high-definition content… meaning more hours of hardcore hookups.
The MILF of cable tv
While it’s not the most glamorous story in the history books, it thanks a would-be ‘Girls Gone Wild’ that we have cable television. Before the Playboy Channel existed, there was the Manhattan Public Access Cable and it’s 80,000 subscribers.
Then George Urban launched “The Ugly George Hour of Truth, Sex and Violence,” where he convinced women on the streets of Manhattan to flash the camera. Thirteen episodes later, subscriptions were over 100,000. By the end of his second season, they were up to 300,000.
Sis Loves Me – A Breakthrough In The Porn Market
Sis Loves Me is another site fro adults to leap on the step-sex bandwagon but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s a big site by Team Skeet with exclusive and popular XXX content that is being added to, it’s Full HD and the girls (stepsisters) are really cute. Scenes are long (~50 min), the quality is good and you can have it all for only $1per two day trial- on the recurring membership, and even less if you go for the annual deal. Either way, it’s a great porn discount and a hot saving on some new and exclusive step-sister porn.
Looking for a friend
Private chat sessions, peer-to-peer sharing, and other online social sites owe their existence to the porn industry. In the early 1990s, local, online communities were dominated by people buying, selling, and creating pornography. Domains like FriendFinder were founded the same year AOL launched its Instant messaging service.
Beyond your basic blowup
While some people fear a future of killer robots, sex robots are on the horizon.
Doing it with a robot may be just a weird sexual fantasy, but with the fast-paced development of science and technology, sex with a robot might very well become a reality in the not too distant future.
According to sex psychologist Helen Driscoll, “robotic, interactive, motion-sensing technology is likely to become more and more central to the sex industry in the next few years.”
What’s to come
Like it or not, porn is responsible for driving technology adoption in big ways. From the first inklings of film to the rise of e-commerce, pornography has been the catalyst that has launched technology forward.
For the sake of innovation, it’s a good thing people are so damn horny.