And then there's Buddy, the wide-eyed, mobile robot its developers want you to "adopt." Buddy can entertain your children, keep an eye on your home, keep you company, and help older people "keep their independence," according to its website.
Buddy's developers at Blue Frog Robotics didn't respond to a request for comment, but the robot will be hitting the market as early as late June, the website said.
With robots increasingly managing personal tasks like taking care of our children or monitoring our medication intake, how serious are the risks that something could go badly wrong?
Haladjian said that just as we shouldn't ignore the potential risks with using robots, we shouldn't be terrified of them either.
"It would be naive to say that the coming-of-age of smart devices and robots will happen with no major accident. But like what happened with all previous technological advancements (from trains, cars, electric power, the Internet, computers) problems get solved along the way," he said.