Artificial Companions in society
Artificial Companions provide Companionship, and to help people with their daily tasks is an intriguing and exciting concept. In addition to the important technical challenges of providing such systems, it is also clearly important to consider: 1. What facilities they should and should not provide. 2. The characteristics, needs and wants of potential users and 3. The personal and social consequences of such technologies. These are complex, multi-faceted issues and it is necessary consider what are the most effective and beneficial ways of addressing them.