In the Japanese animated Series “Chobits,” Japanese society changed for the overall worse when lifelike robots, called Persocons, could be purchased by the average person. Much like Serial Experiments Lain and Bubblegum Crisis 2040 Tokyo, Chobits was to serve as a cautionary tale on the dependence and reliance on technology and how it can affect basic human interaction.
The trajectory that all three series predicted may be put to the test within the next decade. The Kokoro Company in Japan has created The Actroid, a life-like android that the company claims can show facial expressions and perform realistic body gestures. The company also notes that the Actroids can be customized facially to resemble the owner or anyone the owner chooses. It should not be surprising that the models currently produced are gendered as being female, though it probably will not take much to modify them to be gendered as male.
It remains to be seen whether the future of androids turns out to be like The Terminator, Bubblegum Crisis, or even Ghost in the Shell. One hopes that Humanity will better off for it.