Pepper here is not the main spice that partners salt or that chick that pairs with Ironman on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Pepper is a robot popular in Japan that respond to human emotions.
Making machines cute is a marketing strategy that has been invested by various companies to make appeal to the masses. As the previous article said, we then to anthromophise everything. As a result, some robots are portrayed as wearing shirts and having human features to display facial expressions that affect our emotions.
Pepper, which is just recently available in the Japanese market, is considered to be the ultimate cute-looking robot. It is has been programmed to understand human emotions.
Pepper’s algorithm to recognize emotions has been developed by playing videos of someone who is angry and someone who is happy. The identification of emotions are aided by different voice patterns.
We want people to be emotionally connected and involved with robots. We don’t want a robot to be a simple machine like a vacuum cleaner. If you are tired, you look tired. And you want a robot that recognizes when you look tired. – Vincent Clerk, Project leader of Pepper
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Courtesy of Jane Wakefield of BBC News
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