The technology of business reporter is Michael.

Starship robots waiting outside the Co-op in Milton KeynesImage source, Michael Dempsey
Image caption, Are these the droids you seek? Starship delivery robots waiting outside the Co-op in Milton Keynes

A small orange flag is flying just above a line of low garden walls as I chase it in the heat of the day. I'm relieved to see that the flag is slowing down as it is attached to a robot.

A large chocolate bar has just been taken from the robot that has rolled up outside the house. Ms Bonifacio is in a hurry and has to dash back indoors for a work call but she has enough time to express her affection for the robot delivery service that sends these machines scuttling along her local pavement.

I am a big fan of the robot. Sometimes, when you help one that is stuck, it will say "Thank you"

Four years ago, the robot delivery service from Starship Technologies was launched in Milton Keynes and has been steadily expanding ever since.

After decades of being a villain in science fiction, robots are now part of life in many towns and people are rushing to help them. What's happening?

Amber Case is an Oregon-based specialist in human-robot interactionImage source, Dan Root
Image caption, "Technology can be adorable," says Amber Case

A specialist in human-robot interaction is based in Oregon. "Robots are always a technology that is attacking us in the movies." The delivery robot waits for us and we use them.

She thinks that when a robot needs help from a passer-by, it's a crucial part of the relationship. If technology needs our help, it can be cute. When we help the robot, it creates a bond.

Ms Case is not a fan of the deliveryrobots.

They are powered by a battery and opened by an app that has sensors to detect pedestrians. There are on-board video cameras that allow remote human operators to address people.

She says that this arsenal of tech is not being used correctly. I don't feel they are doing the right thing. Humans are able to find a house. Is this just a way of making money?

An autonomous robot called Starship travels along a pathway under construction on its way to deliver groceries from a nearby Co-op supermarket in Milton Keynes, England on September 20, 2021Image source, Getty Images
Image caption, Just like waiting for any other pedestrian...

She admits that the team has gone about it the right way, understanding how to make sure it's not scary but cute. A well-designed robot is more likely to succeed than some of the other ones.

The design element of the robot makes a loud noise. Victoria said that the robots were one of the reasons she moved to the area.

They're quirky and original.

She said there were lots of other reasons to move here, but the robots came to be an important part of her life when her dachshund developed disc displacement.

She didn't have to leave her home to shop because of the robots. When the dog was sick, they were a huge help.

A full-scale figure of a terminator robot Image source, Getty Images
Image caption, The Terminator robot is perhaps the best known of Hollywood's menacing machines

She says that the stereotype of a menacing robot has been erased by the human-robot bond.

You don't get the science fiction emotion when you see one. It is a robot. It's more like a cute little person. Your walk is more colorful.

Each robot in the UK operated in a bubble of awareness that allowed it to alert people to its presence and offer thanks if they helped it. It is designed to be cute.

The demeanor is more than that. It is said that it pays off. If a robot struggles on a hard surface, people will jump in.

When robots encounter snow and ice on the streets of Tallinn, pedestrians come to the rescue, pulling them onto the pavement to be repaid with a famous voice of thanks.

Adam said that he was excited by the robot. His two-year-old son doesn't share it. I point them out to him but he ignores them. He likes buses. Even though we've been waiting for robots like the ones in science fiction, it shows how normal they are.

He says that drivers in Tallinn are used to stopping at pedestrian crossing to allow the robots to pass over.

He believes that part of our affection for the robot is due to the fact that they didn't fulfill their promise. There were a lot of science fiction predictions that didn't pan out. The future we were promised was not given by the robot.

Johnny Pereira, co-owner Moores Fish & ChipsImage source, Michael Dempsey
Image caption, Kids love fish and chips delivered by robot, says Johnny Pereira, co-owner of Moores Fish & Chips

The robots are waiting outside Moores Fish & Chips in Keynes. The mix of traditional and hi-tech has been a hit with his regular customers.

The robot-delivered fish and chips are popular with parents and children. It has increased business. When customers are new to the area, I can see them staring at the robot. The people who live here are used to it.

The little machines are waiting for their next order at the local robot hub next to a mini-super market.

The Daniels family are impressed by robotic good manners. They have good sensors and I like it. At the same time, they're very weird. They thank you.