Sexe + Techno Ep1 : Dating Apps and Finding Love in the Virtual World

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In 2020, I worked as a sex tech content consultant for the French Canadian TV documentary series Sexe+Techno. The crew also visited me for a few days of filming and I appear in several of the 13 episodes that cover virtual dating and love dolls and sex robots.

As an Anglophone who spoke both French and English in episodes, I’m proud to say the online streaming version I viewed didn’t give me French subtitles when I spoke in French. It had been a long-time since I’d traveled to a French-speaking place or practiced speaking the language in more formal settings. I must thank the production and filming crew who were very kind and a delight to work with, including presenter Marilou Ethier and screenwriter Anika Lirette.

Canadian sex tech expert Jenna Owsianik appears in French Canadian documentary series called Sexe+Techno on TVUnis5.

The first episode, “Se rencontrer dans le monde virtuel,” aired in early May 2021, and in English means “Meet in a virtual world.” Parlez-vous francais?

Come by and hang out with Marilou Ethier and I as we chat around the pool about dating apps and finding love and sex in the virtual realm. The Sexe+Techno episode is available to stream online at the TV5 Unis episode page.

TV presenter Marilou Ethier interviews Canadian sex tech expert on TV documentary series Sexe+Techno.

Sex tech topics covered

  • Dating apps and online dating
  • Virtual dating, including dating in 3D worlds and in virtual reality environments
  • The ethics of new technologies evolving faster than ethical frameworks for using them
  • Science-based matchmaking services, including artificial intelligence and gene compatibility, smell compatibility
  • Pornography created for virtual reality or augmented reality sexual experiences
  • Consent between avatars

Sex tech experts featured

  • Jenna Owsianik – Editor of and
  • Simon Dubé – Erobotics expert from Concordia University, studying human-machine erotic interaction. (Not mentioned in the documentary is he also specializes in the fascinating topic of Space Sexology, which is how space programs can learn from sex research.)
  • Corinne Beaudoin, of free-roaming virtual reality experience location Zero Latency Montreal 
  • Anna Lee – CEO & Executive Producer at 2049 Entertainment, Inc.. Lee says “it’s only the beginning” when it comes to augmented reality and virtual reality porn.  Lee is a longtime innovator in the realm of intimate technologies, as the former president of Utherverse Digital Inc, the creator of the adult virtual world Red Light Center, and a won XBIZ’s 2021 Women in Adult: Woman of the Year award.
  • Stéphane Bouchard – Canada Research Chair in Clinical Cyberpsychology
  • ‪Anne-Marie Dion-Côté‬ –  Assitant Professor at Université de Moncton, Molecular and Evolutoinary Biology

Image sources: TV5Unis

Author: Jenna Owsianik
Jenna Owsianik is a Canadian sexual health journalist and sextech business advisor. She is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Sex For Every Body®, an adult sex ed publication that celebrate sexual and body diversity. From 2014 to 2022, she was Editor-in-Chief of, the world’s leading publication on how technology is changing human sexuality, today and tomorrow. A trained journalist with a Masters of Journalism from The University of British Columbia, Jenna’s reporting has appeared on, Al Jazeera English, CTV British Columbia online, CBS Sunday Morning, CBS 60 Minutes, Global News, and CKNW Radio in Canada and the United States.

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