Pepper the companion robot has a lot of growing up to do

Roberto Baldwin, Engadget, Sept 18, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Obviously there are tons of we-learning applications here, and this article speaks to how close companion robots are coming to reality. "Instead of death machines dragging us off to work in their plutonium mines, we'll get helpful little friends like Pepper from SoftBank and Aldebaran." But they're not quite ready for everyday use. "Right now, talking to Pepper is a little like talking to a two-year-old that's been handed four Red Bulls and a box of chocolate." What I'm wondering is: will we end calling the 'companion robot' a 'cobot'? (You heard it here first!)

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