Exceprt from documentary produced by PBS Nova ScienceNow “What’s the Next Big Thing?” Runtime 11 minutes.
Would you want a robotic friend who could chitchat, do chores, even take care of you? Such bots may be here soon.
Robots already build our cars and vacuum our floors. Will they one day be our companions, too? Engineers are designing robots with the social smarts to understand human feelings, learn from human teachers, carry on conversations, and even make jokes. But is a future full of robotic companions a delightful dream—or a lonely nightmare?