Robert Silverberg (an SF author) reflects on the work of Philip K. Dick (another SF author, and visionary). It’s an excellent article showing how Dick’s dystopias are showing up in our current reality today. He refers to Vivienne, an artificial friend who lives in your mobile phone (and drains your money on a monthly basis). The company behind it, Artificial Life, have a number of such artificial lifeforms aimed at 15-30 year old males and females. Personally, I gave up playing with dolls a very long time ago.
(hat tip to Boing Boing for the Silverberg link)