Levy knows what he's talking about, as an International Master who was closely involved in the development of chess-playing programs and a former winner of the Loebner Prize for programs that can have human-like conversations.
His recent book, 'Love + Sex with Robots', has attracted a lot of attention from computer scientists, psychologists and those just interested in the idea of having sex with a machine, so it was a real pleasure to have the chance to chair a discussion with him in front of a lively audience at London's ICA.
Though I do think that robots could be good company for some of society, eg. the elderly with no family
Source : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7348460.stm