If you loved WALL-E and the incoherent bleeps of romance between robots, then you’re going to love this news story.
Japanese firm Softbank has unveiled a robot called Pepper which has a “heart” and can read human emotions.
Priced at 198,000 yen (£1,150), Pepper is fitted with an “emotional engine” that helps it to understand human expressions and gestures.
“People describe others as being robots because they have no emotions, no heart,” Masayoshi Son, chief executive of Softbank, said at a press conference.
“For the first time in human history, we’re giving a robot a heart, emotions.”