Are robots turning into people or are people turning into robots? When does a robot stop being an SKU and become a person? These are questions that we are still trying to answer.
In 2017, a small robot, Kirobo Mini, goes on sale in Japan. You can have this little passenger who sits in a cup holder in your car for just under $400 and just under $3 per month subscription fee. The little computerized critter will make light conversation, tell jokes, and endear itself to your family. The crowd in Japan is going for it.
As robots take on increasingly complex functions throughout our society, the question persists, when will they replace people? From what the ads are showing in Japan, we might be getting close.