Emotional Robots

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Is it possible to create machines that act as personal companions for lonely people? Most of the huge tech giants that we know today like Google, Amazon and Microsoft are already making voice assistance services to help us with our queries and day to day activities. Unfortunately, they are only good at one thing - assisting.

That is all great but aren't we looking for something more humane? Think of a machine that is designed to deeply understand how another human being feels emotionally, like how a best friend would try to understand the other.

So instead of providing a suggestion, that is sometimes wrong, why not have the machine listen and empathise with its user. As to how Stephen Covey puts it in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood.