BUDDY : Your Familys Companion Robot | Indiegogo. There has been a lot of discussion lately about AI equipped robots replacing workers. However, many of us have already replaced some functions in the office with computers, and smartphones and smartwatches. What if we could put those functions in a moving, talking robot that followed us around waiting for our next instructions? Robots don't eat, don't require a salary and benefits, and never get sick. Okay, they may have computer malfunctions now and then; but, it isn't the same, is it? I understand that lawyers are being replaced by computers as well; especially in areas like document review, legal research, and other tasks that can be more efficiently performed by a computer. But, little guys like Buddy are likely to be the first wave of robots; primarily companions, with benefits like premises security, smart assistants with notifications and calendar reminders, and even performing mundane tasks around the home or office.