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How Will Technology Change Sex In A Year? 10 Years? 20 Years?

Here are educated guesses on what gettin' freaky will look like in the years to come.

It’s an act as old as humanity itself, necessary to our continuation as a species, perhaps even to what makes us fundamentally us. We're talking, of course, about inventing new stuff. Jeez. Get your mind out of the gutter.

Actually, there is no question that sex has evolved along with technology, from condoms to vibrators to sexting. So, how will our sex lives be different in a year? Or in 10 years? Or in even 20 to 30 years? We can't be absolutely certain. Heck, if we could predict the future, we'd be too busy swimming Scrooge McDuck-style in our gambling fortunes to write for MTV News. However, we've thoroughly researched enough of today's most fascinating sex innovations to make educated guesses on how you'll be getting freaky in the year(s) to come. Don't hold us to the exact timelines, but enjoy our fun (and kinky) predictions.

Over The Next Year

Guys could have (non-condom) birth control options

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Vasalgel, a new injection that acts as a temporary vasectomy for men, won't protect against STDs -- but in trials with baboons, it had 100% effectiveness in preventing pregnancy. The technology could be "on the market in 2016-2017," but for those of you who can't wait (and don't mind a needle in a very sensitive area), human trials "start in early 2015."

In related news, the days of girls exclusively being the ones who have to remember to pop a pill may soon be drawing to a close. Researchers in Indonesia have reportedly discovered that Justica gendarussa, a plant that's common there, is 99% percent effective as birth control for men. It doesn’t alter male hormones, and may even increase libido. Don't expect it stateside in the immediate future, but eager dudes could seek it out in Indonesia this year (although, we don't recommend it).

More couples will stay intimate at a distance with smartphone-controlled sex toys

The old version of phone sex was always a little ridiculous, but "teledildonic" devices such as We-Vibe (along with its We-Connect app) and OhMiBod allow partners to create pleasurable vibrations from afar. These days, distance can make more than the heart grow fonder.

Colleges will know a lot about students' sex lives from mandatory electronic surveys

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We recently reported that hundreds of universities are requiring students to answer questions about their intimate experiences, such as how often they’ve had sex -- and specific acts -- due to new federal regulations. A "decline to state" option is supposedly on the way because of a public outcry, but in the meantime, many students are outraged that administrators are acting like the NSA. Still, this information could eventually help tailor sexual health campaigns and education about consent for individual campuses, so maybe it'll change things for the better.

Within 10 Years...

Condoms will be totally different

Last year, Microsoft founder Bill Gates donated $100,000 to Australian researchers to develop a “next-generation condom ... made to act and feel more like real skin." Gates hopes that this "hydro gel" will feel completely natural and thus encourage more guys to practice safe sex. There is no estimated time of arrival to market on this Australian wonder condom, but Gates also has 10 other prophylactic prototypes in development. One of them has to change the game in the coming decade, right? This is Bill Motherf---ing Gates, after all!

Unhappy with your penis? Get a new one!

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Scientists at North Carolina’s Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are currently growing penises in laboratories. The technology doesn't yet have FDA approval for human transplants -- and will primarily be intended to help patients with traumatic injuries or diseases -- but millions (billions?) of insecure guys are a pretty strong market incentive.

We'll have telepathic long-distance sex

Yeah, those sex toy smartphone apps are impressive now, but they'll be old news in 10 years. Brain-reading technology, now being developed, will allow computers to scan your actual thoughts, feelings ... and instructions.

As sexual clinician and author Robert Weiss prognosticates, "With a headband and a willing partner, those separated by distance because of work or school (or sheer laziness) will be able to merely think about stimulating their special someone and, viola ... those thoughts become action." All with no pube-trimming necessary. Will this really be going down within this decade? Well, according to Weiss, "If you think this isn't happening in the near future, think again."

(A spinal cord stimulator can apparently achieve those results now, but requires surgery. No thanks!)

We may have "sex" with holograms of our favorite stars

Tupac’s resurrection via lifelike hologram at the 2012 Coachella Festival was chilling, not only because it allowed us to see the iconic rapper (kinda) alive once more, but because it ushered in an era of strikingly realistic holograms. Technology has already made interactive holograms possible. Considering that the proliferation of smart phone technology has caused the majority of porn watching to occur on mobile devices, it seems likely that within 10 years, our perverted minds will have bring this tech from the showroom to the bedroom and use these advances to help us simulate lifelike experiences with fantasy sex partners. It’s not cheating if it’s an optical illusion, right?

Holograms not your thing? We'll hook up with robots

A Real Doll won't fool anyone today, but science fiction has predicted for decades that androids and humans will get it on eventually -- and that kind of technology is ever-closer. It's increasingly possible to render uncanny resemblances to human likeness. If guys are willing to use Fleshlights now...

Perhaps when Real Dolls can crack jokes and tell their mates, "You're pretty," they will become more popular among the female set?

In 20 to 30 years...

Oh yeah, we may fall in love with those robots

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The 2013 movie "Her" had an absurd premise -- a guy literally loves his OS -- but don't laugh too hard. Many futurists predict that within 20 years to 30 years, an event known as “The Singularity” will occur, at which point computers will have the ability to reason and even posses a code of ethics.

Such artificial intelligences could have bodies and the ability to learn about our personalities and individual tastes. According to Kurzweil, you might be arguing with your significant OS about where to go to dinner as early as 2029.

And someday...

We may be invincible files having erotic interactions with other invincible files

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As technology continues to extend the human lifespan, we will likely begin to replace aging body parts with synthetic ones, and maybe even download our consciousnesses onto hard drives and effectively live forever. Just like rational robots, which will ostensibly have (yikes) surpassed us in intelligence. This brings a whole new meaning to the term “cyber sex.”

Here's Ray Kurzeweil, genius inventor and Google's director of engineering -- often referred to as the father of futurist thought -- on the possibilities:

Relax! Our eventual transition into becoming cyborgs and/or incorporeal digital entities will apparently do nothing to quiet our collective urge to get down and dirty!

After all, as Kurzweil points out, we already have sex without reproducing and reproduce without sex, so intercourse has mostly become a means of communication. And that desire is unlikely to go anywhere any millennium soon.