“10 years from now, I believe most households will keep two or three personal robots and their performance will increase 100 times,” Toshitada said....
With the companion robots of the future already being developed, it’s becoming apparent that many of them are being designed to look, and behave, just like us.
—Sean Nicholls, “faux friends,” Sydney Morning Herald, May 2, 2002
Partner robots — also known as companion robots — are defined as those that “live” with people in their homes, such as Sony Corp.’s Aibo. Industrial and other commercial-use robots are excluded.
—“People see partner robots making daily life easier,” The Nikkei Weekly, February 2, 2004
—“Nicoa Corp. announced today...,“ PR Newswire, July 10, 1984