Robots May Be Built as Companions, Expert Says

A long time from now, in a house right next door, a robot that is at least as well cobbled together as the android C-3PO of Star Wars fame may be playing a game of cribbage with an elderly widow.

“I have felt for years that the first ‘killer application’ of personal robots will be companionship, especially for the elderly,” said Roger Brockett, a professor of computer science and engineering at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “Robots are potentially much smarter than dogs and they will not require the same level of upkeep.”