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Softbank to add learning technology to empathetic robot

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By YURI KAGEYAMA

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its empathetic robot Pepper

What if people would prefer an antagonistic robot? Do they have an app for that?

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Googling "antagonistic chatbot" gets some hits. Maybe you could hack Pepper and overlay her with Antagobot, or Eugene Goostman, etc.

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Japan is investing heavy into consumer robotics that will pay dividends into the future of average humans, but why do we fear the reaper? Robots that learn. In the future would you be sending your child and its robot off to school, Pre k or higher? Could they graduate from High School and go on to study on the university level? Could they make the deans list and give the commencement address for their graduation? A Rhodes scholar? How would you rate a robot's IQ? We spend a lot of time discussing how to make a brighter robot, but we spend very little time discussing how to make a smarter homo sapiens sapien. Can humans and robots coexist in mutual respect? I would love to have a robot as I get older, for I don't have any fears of relating to humanoids. Humanoids are people, too.

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