Thursday, April 14, 2016

This Robot Goes To High School

Here's some AI news from the Land of the Rising Sun:

A high school in Japan is about to receive a new student, and his name is Pepper. He's likely to stand out among his classmates, however, because Pepper is actually a humanoid robot. It marks the first time a robot will study alongside human students.

“I never thought that I would be accepted into a human school,” the robot said upon hearing of his successful enrollment at Hisashi High School in Waseda, Fukushima Prefecture. He also promised to “try my best,” TASS reported.

Pepper comes to the school with an impressive array of language skills, speaking both Japanese and English. He will mostly take part in English classes, though the school has told Pepper than he can also visit other classes and activities.

Teachers believe learning alongside Pepper will be a positive experience for students, encouraging their desire to learn new information.

Developed by Japanese corporation SoftBank Robotics, Pepper is intended to be primarily used for customer service in banks and shops.

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How do they know the robot is "male"?

It will be interesting to see how "he" does in comparison to fellow students. I would expect "him" to be at the top of "his" class.

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