Once the undisputed world leader in robotic technology, Japan’s supremacy in the field is being challenged by rival robot producing countries.
Now the government is pouring money into regaining that place to ensure the robot age starts in Japan.
Pepper is the world’s first emo robot and represents a huge leap in artificial intelligence. It can read facial expressions, voice tones and body language and then respond.
At Omotosando, an upmarket shopping district in Tokyo, Pepper works in a mobile phone store doing market research.
Pepper told one woman: “You’re very lovely – do people say that to you often? Now it’s your turn to compliment me! What do you think of my face?”
And then later joked with a male customer: “So you want to become Pepper? Well you’ve got shave off your...Read More