Our relationships to robots will initially be similar to our relationships with pets. That means that we’ll buy them matching clothes and jewelry out of the J. Crew Catalogue for Robots; fight over who gets to keep them in a divorce; and if our robots get depressed, we may even take them to a robotic psychiatrist for a weekly family encounter session.
Here are a few of my patients. These robots have given me the explicit consent to discuss their problems on this website in the hopes that it may help other robots with similar problems. In some cases, the names have been changed to protect the anonymity of the patient.