Grateful for new friends, companion bots eased human loneliness everywhere. They began by making cookies that tasted of childhood.

Humanity is driven to seek companionship and with the invention of humanoid robots, companion bots aren’t far behind. Annabelle Woodger has taken this concept and put a childlike spin on it. However, their scifi is not that far from reality. Currently, several companion bots exist, including Toyota’s Kirobo Mini and SoftBank Robotics robot Pepper. While these bots may help ease human loneliness, their ties to the Internet of Things raise further questions about ethics and the potential for misuse of conversational robots.//Alex Massey

//Annabelle Woodger loves making things with words and/or pictures. You can find her at @yayannabelle, passionately yelling about stuff.//

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