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March 1st, 2008 · 4 Comments


This little guy, developed by NEC, is a prototype, autonomous robot purposefully designed to live and interact with human beings. PaPeRo has facial- and speech-recognition capabilities. Currently, Japanese scientists are working with comedian, Zenjiro, to develop a sense of humor in PaPeRo.

While this task may seem daunting to some, in reality, the Japanese community has been living with humanoid robots for quite some time now. In fact, if you were to travel to Japan today, you would see robots directing traffic through construction zones, not humans.

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Posted by: kimberly phillips · Tags: technology

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  • 1 Jere // Jul 13, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Nice catch, thanks for the post. In my enipreexce, it’s a lot easier for physically embodied A.I. to catch attention opposed to virtual agents. So I think you might be right regarding the point of having this in a robot.

  • 2 Tino // Feb 26, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Reel-to-reels are pretty boss and Darth Vader with a reel-to-reel adotiidn to his armor is a great idea. Imagine all the hilarious situations that could arise from that. For instance all of his speech could be randomly sped up and slowed down, or he could start talking like Jar Jar, or music could start playing. All of this would be corrected by Vader punching himself in the chest. This is gold. Solid LucasfilmTM, Copyright, All Rights Reserved gold.

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