Artificial companions exceed in popularity live biological partners

Artificial companions exceed in popularity live biological partners

Wild Card's progress: fully-fledged

This Wild Card came from: 
European Commission Framework Programme for RTD

The theme/scheme related to this Wild Card: 
Theme 3 - ICT - Information & communication technologies

The sub-theme that best relates to this Wild Card: 
Cognitive systems, interaction, robotics

Likelihood timeframe and scenario features : 
now-2050+

Wild Card's description 
After new generation of flaqles artifical companios had been invented, the popularity of living with robotic partner increased rapidly. New robotic companions are helpful, nice, empathetic and obliging day and night and it is possible to switch them off as necessary. In contrast, interpersonal relationship is geting worse and number of new born babies is rapidly falling. It looks like robotic children will be the biggiest crowd-puller in near future.