It was a noble experiment gone awry. A robot was just fired from a grocery store in Scotland for confusing some customers and freaking out others.
AT SHINTOMI nursing home in Tokyo, men and women sit in a circle following exercise instructions before singing along to a famous children’s song, “Yuyake Koyake” (“The Glowing Sunset”).
Robots already perform many traditionally human tasks, from vacuuming to surgery—and they could soon help care for the sick and elderly. But until they can convincingly discern and mimic emotions, their caretaker value will be severely limited.
Humanoid robots, with cultural awareness and a good bedside manner, could help solve the crisis over care for the elderly, academics say.
An international team is working on a £2m project to develop versatile robots to help look after older people in care homes or sheltered accommodation.
It’s been a big year for the humanoid robot ‘Pepper,’ who recently landed a job in Pizza Hut locations in Asia, and announced a partnership with Honda’s robot Asimo. Now, the ambitious bot can add life insurance sales to its resume as well. Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co will be deploying 100 Pepper robots across 80 […]
Is Honda’s walking robot Asimo marrying Pepper, the chattering robot from SoftBank?
Automaker Honda Motor Co. and internet company SoftBank said Thursday they will work together on artificial intelligence to develop products with sensors and cameras that can converse with drivers.