Everybody Say Hello To ‘Pepper’ The First Robot Programmed To Have Human Emotions Or Interact With Human Feelings.. IDK
Pepper joins the pantheon of other widely known humanoid robots, such as Honda’s Asimo and NASA’s Robonaut. Unlike Robonaut, Pepper isn’t meant to take the place of humans in dangerous environments like deep space. Instead, it’s designed to work alongside us.
Developed together with French Aldebaran Robotics, the sleek and slender Pepper can move around on its roller wheels, but its main features include verbal and physical communication. It’s equipped with an emotion recognition system to decipher what’s behind voice tones.
“Our aim is to develop affectionate robots that can make people smile,” Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son said during Thursday’s unveiling at a Tokyo news conference. Son and Aldebaran founder Bruno Maisonnier shared the stage with Pepper for a demonstration of the robot’s capabilities.
Pepper can take in data from two cameras, four microphones and more than a dozen touch sensors built into its body. It can also access information from the Internet and cloud-based databases.
During Thursday’s demonstration, Pepper sang, “I want to be loved.” Softbank says the robot can also dance and tell jokes.
Son announced that Pepper prototypes will go on display at Softbank stores on Friday. The robots will go on sale in Japan next February for under $2000.
It’s like these fucking guys haven’t seen iRobot! What the fuck are they thinking! Do they not realize how slippery this slope is.. Like what happens when ‘Pepper’ malfunctions and ends up stabbing you in the neck with a knife, instead of doing her daily chores?? What then, Japan? Ever thought of that?
Before you know it we have a Robots Vs. Humans war on our hands, facing near extinction as a race! I don’t like this, I don’t like this one bit. Can’t give robots the ability to identify emotions.. Before you know it they’ll adopt emotions themselves! Emotions, those are for humans and smaller animals!