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Pepper: The Emotional Robot

CNN – When someone is being stiff and acting emotionless, we may have to quit calling them a robot.

Softbank, a Japanese Internet and telecommunications company, introduced the world Thursday to Pepper, a robot designed to read, and respond to, its user’s mood.

“People may look back 100 years later, or 200 years later (and say) that was a historic moment we are having today,” said Masayoshi Son, Softbank’s CEO, in a translated video on Softbank’s website.

Pepper stands about 4 feet tall and weighs just 62 pounds. At the event in Tokyo, the little humanoid offered a traditional Japanese bow to the crowd before chatting with Son, shaking hands and urging him to smile.

Pepper gets feedback from its user via facial-recognition technology and a bank of cameras, audio recorders and sensors in its head. Softbank says that instead of being programmed, Pepper learns how to behave over time.

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