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Think robot companions are the stuff of sci-fi fantasy? Well, for autistic children… they’re already here

Set in a parallel universe where technology is so advanced that robot servants called Synths are a must-have for any household, the £12 million drama Humans – which has its season two finale tonight – has given Channel 4 its biggest hit for 20 years, with more than six million viewers tuning in each week.

But is the concept as far-fetched as it may seem?

Not so, according to a research team at the University of Hertfordshire, which has revealed that they hope to make human-looking robots a part of family life for thousands of children with the learning disability autism within the next two years. Learn more.