A talking humanoid robot Pepper was officially admitted in the school in the Japanese city of Waseda in Fukushima Prefecture. A cybernetic device, it is claimed, will now learn together with children for the first time in the world.
On this occasion the school had arranged an opening ceremony at which students called for maximum use of the unique chance of communicating with the robot, as it will be useful for them in the hereafter. Pepper himself has stated that he “never thought it would be accepted into a human school” and promised to do my best.
This robot is able to speak not only Japanese but also English. Therefore, it is mostly use in English classes. Robot Pepper developed by Japanese mobile phone company Softbank Corp. Such devices are designed mainly for customer service in banks and shops. In June last year, the first batch of thousands of robots Pepper for the price of 214 thousand yen ($1.9 thousand) apiece was sold out in one minute.
According to the developers, the robot is equipped with a large number of cameras and sensors that allow him to identify virtually the entire spectrum of human emotions: joy, sadness, fear, excitement, irritation. Depending on the situation Pepper can laugh in response to a joke or start to comfort his master. It also has the ability to self-teach.
The Japanese government actively encourages the production and introduction of robots, hoping that the country will occupy leading position in the world in this sector of the economy. From the state budget are allocated, in particular, subsidies to firms that introduce cybernetic workers.