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Tokyo Olympic organizers eye using robot technology during 2020 Games

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Yes, the robots will save us. Not.

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the Olympics is about connecting people to people - not people to robots.... just another way for the Japanese to avoid interacting with foreigners....

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The picture at the top of this article (HOSPI) looks suspiciously like a coffee machine. Do you think Panasonic is trying to pull the wool over our eyes?

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What a joke....

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Who is going to stand and openly talk with a robot in any language?

Not me. I already embarrass myself enough with my awful Japanese. Thank you.

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Will these robots be able to understand the accented English that many who are not native English speakers use, or will they be multilingual? Even the vaunted Pepper robot from Softbank has trouble with native speakers.

Agree with others that talking to these robots is embarrassing, I'd much rather communicate with a real person.

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The days of Terminator edge closer and closer.  robots for crowd control......

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Will these robots be able to understand the accented English that many who are not native English speakers use, or will they be multilingual

They won't be able to understand the various dialects and accents of native English speakers neither.

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Oh, I see they encouraging diversity by not having only white robots...

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Japan always has the best solutions for everything. You need a way to serve beverages and provide bus information to customers. The obvious solution is to buy a ¥1,000,000+ robot which can only do 1-2 things, versus buying a storage unit for the water where people are free to help themselves to it and a table with bus times, both of which allow more than 1 person to get what they need at once, rather than now having to form a line for the robot's services.

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Domo arigatou mr roboto!

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The Olympics..where the world comes together as one to compete and for athletes to give it their all. People form new friendships and this event tends to bring out the ‘human’ in humans.

Robots, not quite the right place for them. People spend enough time communicating via ‘electronics’ as it is.

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I don't blame Japan for playing the 'technology/robots card' to the full tbh. Rightly or wrongly, the world sees technology as Japan's area of expertise and sort of expects robots/technology to play a central role at the Olympics.

I just hope tokyo2020 organisers don't overdo it.

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These are not the droids you're looking for.

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@wanderlust, is Pepper really an exclusive Softbank thing? I've read it was made by a French company, and I've seen and heard about it used in various non-Softbank store settings.

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The picture at the top of this article (HOSPI) looks suspiciously like a coffee machine. Do you think Panasonic is trying to pull the wool over our eyes?

I think it looks as if a thermos flask has mated with a fliptop wastepaper bin.

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Is this the o-mo-te-na-shi the world was promised?

I wonder if this is connected to the ability to find volunteers who'll do 10 days full time with several full training days beforehand, all with no travel money and no bento.

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Olympics Westworld. Have we got a vacation for you...you...you...you...y...

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@TorafusuTorasan - The French company Aldebaran who made it is owned by Softbank. Apps for use in banking and medicine come from another company Seikatsu Kakumei. FoxConn, of Taiwan, also have a role in its manufacture. It's on sale and available to rent.

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Get ready for some serious embarrassment.

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They won' t be able to do any volunteer padding of events, tickets as thankyou's for their efforts that double as filler for less popular events. I suppose cheering droids are next

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I hope they will use better robots than LG's Cloi:

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42614281

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I hope they will use better robots than LG's Cloi:

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42614281

Gosh, they have crappy plastic robots that don't work properly in other countries too? I thought it was only Japan....

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