Meet “Pepper”. Pepper is a programmable humanoid robot created by Japanese company SoftBank Robotics. Now, this isn’t just your typical robot, “Pepper is the world’s first social humanoid robot able to recognize faces and basic human emotions.” Standing at a mere 120cm tall, Pepper is able to adapt to its environment and engage in a conversation when it sees a human. As for the touch screen monitor on its chest. This monitor displays “content to highlight messages and support speech.” Pepper is also able to speak fluently in 15 different languages currently. The purpose this humanoid robot has is for company’s to adopt it to be used as an assistant to welcome, inform and guide visitors in a unique friendly way. Pepper even has it’s own personal twitter account, shown below.
This amazing robot is used by many different companies. Recently, Pepper was used by Euro-star, a high-speed railway service used in London and the United Kingdom. Pepper was introduced at St. Pancras International train-station where it helped with travel queries and interacted with passengers. Pepper even took the time to take selfies with travelers.
Now, Pepper does a lot of traveling to various conventions and events like “Hackathon” all around the world. Most notably is on October 16, 2018 Pepper stood in front of Britain’s Parliament to discuss the benefits of AI (artificial intelligence) for education, while also answering any other questions the committee had for Pepper relating to AI and how society would benefit. Pepper also “discussed current research using robots to help care for the elderly and outreach programs at the university encouraging STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) uptake among would-be students.” The committee seemed pleased with how well Pepper performed during the discussion.
Pepper has also expressed its thoughts on the popular television show “WestWorld” during a sit down with TechInsider.
Some business’s like this sushi restaurant in Japan have found good use for their Pepper robot. This of course saves them money that would have otherwise been spent paying an employee to perform the same duties.
Do you think Pepper is a good concept and could benefit society? Or do you fear this is could be disastrous and cause more harm then good?