The next time conversation is flagging at your dinner party, or you are fretting over the discretion of the butler serving guests on your superyacht, consider RoboThespian.
The life-size droid can sing you a song, tell jokes and welcome your guests with a speech. It can even recreate the gestures of your mother while relaying her call from the other side of the world. All this, to own, for just £55,000, a fraction of what Hillary Clinton would charge you for an after-dinner speech.
Entertaining, engaging and sometimes even useful, robots are popping up in homes around the world at a rapid lick. If you don’t already own one, your neighbour may well do; in a kitchen near you one may even now be beavering away vacuuming, folding clothes, cleaning windows, mowing lawns or unblocking drains.