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A deep look at whether social robots can help ease loneliness among the elderly in the US, where 21 states have distributed free robot pets to older residents (Katie Engelhart/New Yorker)

Katie Engelhart / New Yorker:
A deep look at whether social robots can help ease loneliness among the elderly in the US, where 21 states have distributed free robot pets to older residents  —  For elderly Americans, social isolation is especially perilous.  Will machine companions fill the void?  —  It felt good to love again, in that big empty house.

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