Go read how Pepper was a very bad robot


SoftBank’s Pepper robot is deadand Wall Street Journal dances at his grave and tells in depth howemotional robot“Failed to fill the hype. Expectations were so swollen back in 2014 that the first batch of 1,000 robots was sold out in a minute, even though the price was nearly $ 2,000.

the whole article worth reading as a reminder that technology is tough and predicting its impact on society is even more difficult.

While SoftBank certainly surpassed Pepper, saying that its release would be remembered as “100, 200, or 300 years” into the future, people are also to blame for the fact that, despite the bot’s sucked eye behavior Edge article titled “I met an emotional robot and felt nothing. ”

WSJ the report credits the robot, which also demanded monthly orders starting at $ 550, being able to maintain temperatures as well as a $ 1 thermometer. It could also serve as a rudimentary hotel concierge service. Otherwise, Pepper failed in almost all other tasks and ended up being about as sophisticated as the smart speakers that appeared at the same time. Its failures include such unlikely jobs as Buddhist priest and a fitness instructor for the elderly. But it also failed in tasks like the home club, for which it seemed ideally suited, as technical reporter Tsutsumu Ishikawa said.

However, when he arrived at Ishikawa’s home, Pepper was unable to identify the faces of the family members or have a proper conversation, Ishikawa said. The cloud-connected robot is meant to remember the family even after the collapse, Mr. Ishikawa says, but when Pepper returned home after the sensor was repaired, Pepper greeted him, “Nice to meet you!”

He delivered the robot back to SoftBank in 2018 after spending at least $ 9,000 on his subscription service contract over three years; he was not entitled to any compensation.

“It was such a waste of money. I’m still sorry about that, ”he said.

Pepper was also a terrible cheerleader who was sent in the 100s to arouse enthusiasm from SoftBank’s professional baseball team during the COVID lock.

Commenters said the scene reminded them of dystopia. Tokyo-based Hirofumi Miyato, 56, watched the game on television and saw the Pepper team in team uniform moving their weapons in unison. He was not inspired to encourage involvement. “It reminded me of a military parade in North Korea or China,” Mr Miyato said. “It felt creepy.”

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