China’s online sex toy market is worth nearly $3 billion. That includes a factory that pumps out sex dolls with artificial intelligence.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This video contains images of a sexual nature. The cavernous warehouses in TV series Westworld are filled with fleshy, realistic, AI-powered humanoids that are manufactured en masse.

Now there’s a company in China doing something eerily similar… but building people-sized dolls for a specific purpose: sex. Baked in body-shaped moulds and strung on row after row of storage hangers, these talking dolls are built to carve out a slice of China’s rapidly growing sex toy industry.

They may not come close to Westworld-like intelligence, but the sheer volume of these robots hint at a growing industry and changing attitudes towards sexuality. To comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Capital, please head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter.

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