I Had a Conversation With a Robot, and It Taught Me Somethin…

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As someone who talks to people for a living, I always think about the importance of getting off on the right foot. Building a rapport with those you meet has its own degree of difficulty, but it was entirely a surprise that when I met a robot for the first time, I was just as concerned with making a good first impression.

The robot’s name is Pepper. It’s the creation of SoftBank Robotics, stands at four feet tall and has a humanoid head with giant eyes that light up when it’s speaking. The robot weighs 62 pounds, comes equipped with speakers for “ears” and has a 3-D camera to detect people who are up to 10 feet away.