SoftBank's Pepper robot becomes Android friendly

May 19, 2016

SoftBank's Pepper robot becomes Android friendly

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SoftBank Robotics Corp. said Thursday it has expanded opportunities for app developers to use Google’s Android platform for its humanoid robot Pepper. It hopes to encourage more programmers to develop apps for the device. An Android-ready Pepper model will go on sale in July, ...

May 10, 2016

Japan moves to protect 'copyrights' of AI creations

The Japanese government plans to develop a legal framework to protect copyright on novels, music and other works created by artificial intelligence. The government’s intellectual property task force led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the decision during a meeting Monday as the group ...

Yen for animation inspired Hong Kong designer's robot

Apr 3, 2016

Yen for animation inspired Hong Kong designer's robot

Like innumerable children with imaginations fired by animated films, Hong Kong product and graphic designer Ricky Ma grew up watching cartoons featuring the adventures of robots, and dreamed of building his own one day. Unlike most of the others, however, Ma has realized his ...

No plans for killer U.S. military robots yet

Mar 31, 2016

No plans for killer U.S. military robots yet

Robotic systems and unmanned vehicles are playing an ever-growing role in the U.S. military — but don’t expect to see Terminator-style droids striding across the battlefield just yet. A top Pentagon official has given a tantalizing peek into several projects that not long ago ...

Rise of the machines: Keep an eye on AI, say experts

Mar 13, 2016

Rise of the machines: Keep an eye on AI, say experts

A Google computer’s stunning 3-0 victory in a Man-vs-Machine face-off over the ultimate board game highlights the need to keep Artificial Intelligence under human control, experts said Saturday. The partly self-taught AlphaGo program’s defeat of go grandmaster Lee Sedol showed AI was progressing faster ...

Pepper the robot to offer tailored services in Japanese retail shops

Mar 8, 2016

Pepper the robot to offer tailored services in Japanese retail shops

Pepper the humanoid robot will start offering tailored customer services in retail shops by using online data analysis. SoftBank Robotics Corp., which developed Pepper, will start selling the next-generation services this fall with Microsoft Japan Co. as part of their collaboration in cloud robotics, ...