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4 Amazing Things This 'Thinking' Robot Can Do

March 14, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Inc

Social robot Pepper is powered with artificial intelligence that makes it the next best thing to a helpful personal companion.

Robots are getting smarter by the day.

The French robotics company Aldebaran brought Pepper--its "thinking robot"--onstage at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, Sunday to show off some of its upcoming features and paint a picture of what life with robots will look like in the near future.

Designed as a "humanoid robot" that can live with humans, Pepper is built with artificial intelligence technology from IBM's cognitive computing engine "Watson." More than 7,000 Peppers have been sold for roughly $2,000 each to consumers in Japan who use it for things like social companionship--Pepper can understand human voices and respond to questions. Aldebaran plans to begin selling the robot in the U.S. this year, though it hasn't settled on a price yet.

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