SoftBank warns against sex with its android Pepper


The company behind a chatty Japanese android named Pepper has felt the need to remind customers who purchase the robots not to engage in sex with them.

Mobile phone giant SoftBank, which sells the units in Japan, states in its user agreement, “The policy owner must not perform any sexual act or other indecent behavior.”

The wise-cracking Pepper — which, according to its makers, can read people’s emotions — costs ¥198,000 ($1,650).

SoftBank warned buyers that the pint-size droid cannot be used outside or to inflict harm on human beings.

Other clauses prohibit using Pepper to send out spam email.

The ban on sex with the plastic machine — which stands just 120 cm (47 inches) tall and moves on rollers — is the most baffling, causing social media in Japan to light up in amazement.

The fine print is somewhat ambiguous, with some people taking it to mean customers are not actually barred from physical relations with the droid, just from using it for “improper purposes.”

SoftBank said lewd acts could trigger punitive action, although exactly what kind of punishment offenders face — and how anyone would ever find out — was not made clear.

However, a spokesman for the company made clear that tampering with the robot’s software to give it a sexy voice is a definite no-no.

Pepper, which is also used widely in SoftBank stores to greet customers, went on sale in June, and the initial shipment of 1,000 units sold out online in one minute.

  • Mikado Hikyuu

    i am guessing that the user agreement mentions not using Pepper for sex or any improper purposes because Softbank does not wish to see their robo appearing in porn or being used as a tool to attack some one in any way – including sending emotionally abusive emails. Softbank is very likely simply wishing not to have their corporate image associated with any thing harmful or unhealthy. Also by including the warning NOT to have sex with Pepper, Softbank is protecting their corporation from any potential legal suit when inevitably some one decides to involve Pepper in sex and becomes injured. In the article it is asked how Softbank would ever find out? If some Pepper porn video were to begin floating about the wired, it would only be a matter of time before Softbank found out. With that understood -i can only assume that Pepper will soon be appearing in ero manga form at the Rule34 site – simply because some people cannot allow any thing to remain undamaged or clean.

  • J.P. Bunny

    How does the company that created this know that having sex with it is not allowed? Maybe some lab technician was caught doing some extracurricular experimentation?

  • Jim Jimson

    Pepper isn’t Japanese. It was developed in France, then the IP rights were bought by SoftBank.

  • Sh1tlord420

    I’ve already arrested 2 people this week for busting a figurative nut inside this defenseless robot.

    I then tried it myself.

    OH MY GOD.

    No “real” woman can handle a man of my girth like pepper can.

  • Cigar Smoker

    I guess I should shut down my Pepper Porn site now.