The robots are coming! They’re taking over our cities! Our primitive weapons are useless against their superior technology! Oh, hang on, it’s OK… they just want to show us some cool coffee machines.
Meet Pepper, Nestlé’s android shop assistant. Pepper will be appearing in Japanese electrical stores from December to guide customers through the tricky decisions behind buying a new coffee machine. We know, it’s a process that’s fraught with emotion, but that’s OK. Pepper’s makers claim she’s the world’s first robot capable of responding to people’s feelings by reading their facial expressions and tone of voice.
Given this remarkable ability, we’re wondering whether Pepper will be able to detect irritation whenever extended warranties are mentioned.