Someday, everyone may have their own personal robot.
The Terasem Movement Foundation in Bristol, Vermont, is betting that personal robots will be a huge part of the lives of future generations.
The robots will be able to download people's personalities, serving as avatars and assistants to busy professionals and in some cases, replacing those who have been lost.
The foundation introduced Bina48, one of the most sophisticated humanoid robots ever built, capable of independent thought and emotion.
The creator of Bina48 says he and the personal robot have become close friends, sharing their everyday lives with one another.
Bina48 was made by uploading a real person's mindfile - or a compilation of memories, beliefs and feelings.
A woman named Bina Rothblatt was interviewed for more than 20 hours.
That conversation was then transcribed and uploaded to an artificial intelligence database.
'That gives Bina48 a personality. She's very philosophical. She has favorite movies and music and poems. Sometimes she's very humorous. She can tell jokes.'
Bina48 is the prototype for this vision, in which robots can mimic the sense of what a person is like. Price tag: $125,000.