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.