Are companion robots like Sony’s Aibo the cure for loneliness? Photo: AFP

Why are lonely Asians turning to robots for friendship?

  • From Japan to Hong Kong, robots are taking over yet another human job: providing companionship
  • While synthetic seals and pillows that wag their tails may have a role to play in ageing societies, some wonder if this new relationship isn’t entirely healthy
Topic |   Ageing society

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Are companion robots like Sony’s Aibo the cure for loneliness? Photo: AFP
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Crystal Tai

Crystal Tai

Crystal covers business trends and cultural criticism, with a special focus on Northeast Asia, for the Asia desk. Before joining the SCMP, she contributed to Quartz, i-D Magazine, Monocle, Wallpaper, Lonely Planet and other publications. Her broadcast commentary has been featured on BBC Radio, CGTN and other media.