This is Charlie. He’s friendly and playful and he never has to go to the vet.
He wriggles and purrs, roars and wags his tail — affection for the price of four batteries.
Okay yes, he’s a toy. Does that matter if he makes you smile?
Does it matter?
Now that our gadgets can talk to us, now that we have robots with artificial intelligence, now that sex dolls have a family mode and can interact with your kids …
Will the day come when we think that a relationship with an actual human being is too much trouble?
I’m pretty damn sure a robot would remember to buy milk. Just saying.