A decade ago, the notion of asking a voice activated assistant in your home to turn on a light switch or select a favourite tune was as far removed as popping to the shops in a flying car: a nice idea in theory, but a distant and remote possibility. Fast forward to 2018, and Alexa’s and Siri’s are as ubiquitous in households across the country as microwaves and televisions. On wedding registry lists, smart speakers have surpassed household staples such as cutlery and glassware as the “must have” gifts for millennials. A decade from now, will voice activated devices seem old hat, more iPod (remember those?) than iPhone? Given the future has a habit of catching us out by surprise, will newlyweds in 2028 have a home robot on their wishlist?