There never was a television set I could call a friend. They were Cyclops in the corner, asleep most of the time. It was cute to think R2-D2 was like one of us, when really he was wish fulfilment: if only machines were a bit more human. January was once a time of no machines. Now can anyone get through Lent without them? Anthropomorphism turned a wealthy landowner into a Toad: what to make of Beemo. He’s a Game Boy AND a camera, super cute, sits with you and passes the time, while a true human voice is so reassuring.