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Pepper, the humanoid robot that detects emotions

Pepper, the emotion-detecting humanoid robot

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It is ludicrous to discuss Japan without considering artificial intelligence. Whether we like it or not, Japanese technology has infiltrated much of our Western culture.

We must acknowledge that, in terms of the fourth technology revolution's evolution, Japan is one of the countries that has best realized that we cannot advance as a society without innovation. This is the world we live in.

Indeed, all technology forecasts for 2019 and 2020 point to a world in which artificial intelligence (AI) will be the most revolutionary development. According to the 18th edition of the global consulting firm Deloitte's "Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions," the massification of artificial intelligence (AI) software and services, the increase in sports TV-based betting, and the rebound in sales related to 3D printing, which will exceed US $ 2.7 billion in 2019 and US $ 3 billion in 2020, are some of the trends that will impact the industry this year and next.

Today, we can observe how drones are progressing, how firms are incorporating robotics, and how algorithms are displacing operational occupations such as data entry and information retrieval. A robot has even taken over a job that was formerly regarded to be the most crucial in terms of customer service. Let's talk about one of Japan's top cultural ambassadors. At the very least, in terms of technology.

We're talking about Pepper, one of the most recognizable robots these days, thanks to the fact that well-known companies like Softbank use them for customer support. "Pepper is a humanoid robot with a humanoid design. Designed to interact with them, assist them, and exchange knowledge with them while also assisting their business. Pepper, who is friendly and engaging, creates a one-of-a-kind experience in the form of genuine interactions "the condition of the entity

It is, however, not limited to the land of the 'Rising Sun.' In January of this year, the robot arrived in Colombia. According to Bancolombia, the first Colombian bank to use this technology, four experimental robots were introduced in January 2019 as part of a collaboration between the universities of Los Andes, Santo Tomás, and Magdalena. This bank has collaborated with these educational institutions to improve research activities and foster a collaborative ecosystem that brings together complementary expertise in order to drive open innovation and AI in the country.

Pepper's story is from the year 2014. Softbank Robotics designed it, and it was released to the market on June 20, 2015. It's a little creature, standing only 1.22 meters tall and weighing only 27.67 kilos. There were only 1,000 models available to all users in Japan when it was debuted, and they sold out in minutes for a base price of 198,000 yen ($1,600) plus a monthly fee of 24,600 yen ($200) for data fees and insurance.

What is the secret to Pepper's success? In order to connect with humans, the humanoid must be able to read emotions, detect voice tones, and understand facial expressions. Above all, Kaname Hayashi, project manager at SoftBank, told him, "he tries to make you happy."

When the robot travels to Japan, it becomes a sensation, serving as an assistance at bank offices, restaurants (as seen in the movie below), shopping malls, and train stations. Pepper can read and develop its own emotions thanks to its array of cameras, touch sensors, accelerometer, and other sensors in its "multi-layered, endocrine-like neurological system."

Pepper's inventors, on the other hand, envisioned it as a loving friend for people rather than a working robot. Pepper, according to Softbank, has its own set of emotions that change and "are influenced by people's facial expressions and words, as well as their surroundings." "Pepper appears at peace when he is with people he knows, joyful when he is praised, and terrified when the lights go dark," according to the developers.

The developers agree that the robot will make mistakes, but they claim that Pepper will learn and evolve over time thanks to its own emotional engine and collective intelligence gleaned from cloud data.

 

Article Author Gerluxe Image: japantimes

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