The narrative begins with the idea that companionate robots would be “better than nothing,” better because there aren’t enough people to teach, love and tend to people. But that idea quickly shifts into another: robots would be better than most anything. Unlike people, they would not abandon you or get sick and die. They might not be capable of love, but they won’t break your heart.
From better than nothing to better than anything. These are stations on our voyage to forgetting what it means to be human.
Sherry Turkle, a voice crying in the wilderness.