Pepper the human-like robot released in Taiwan

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Japanese company SoftBank has announced it will release Pepper, a personal robot capable of learning from human experience by early next year.

Taiwan becomes one of the first markets outside of Japan to launch Pepper, a human-like robot. Pepper is the first such robots who can recognise and adapt his behaviour according to the emotions of the interlocutor based on their voice, the expressions on their face, their body movements and the words they use. Made by SoftBank Robotics, more than 140 such robots are being used by SoftBank in their mobile shops. Pepper has already been adopted in Japanese homes.

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Tokyo-based software and internet conglomerate SoftBank expects to release the “first robot with emotions” by February 2015. Named Pepper, the robot is reportedly capable of growing more sophisticated over time, and, if successful, could mark one of the most significant developments in robotics to date.

“One hundred years from today, or two hundred years from today, the people will say that the history of computing changed from today,” said SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son at a Tokyo press conference shortly after unveiling a prototype Pepper.

Pepper is capable of sophisticated human interactions and can upload any lessons learned to the cloud for other units to heed

Priced at 198,000 yen, or little under $2,000, Pepper is capable of sophisticated human interactions and can upload any lessons learned to the cloud for other units to heed. “Anything good is going to be collected, collective wisdom, learned by everyone. They are all going to evolve through the collective wisdom, by reading situations,” said Son.

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