Robots like AIBO can provide companionship to humans, and in some instances humans may even develop a strong emotional attachment to them.
Robots are becoming more common in our lives. And while they may not have "feelings", perhaps the way we treat them reflects more on our character than we previously thought.
ATMs, self-scan checkouts, automated calls, digital therapists ... no wonder we're all lonely.
A Japanese dementia patient holds a baby seal robot known as Paro.
Perhaps communication robots can one day help people express their views on having a robot in their life.
Shall I take the spare room?
Robotics is taking some giant leaps forward.
Animal-based therapies have a positive effect but having them visit nursing homes has a number of drawbacks.
Late-stage dementia is characterised by increasing agitation that can be distressing for the person with the illness and their carers. So, researchers are investigating whether robots disguised as animals…