The blog of Tokyo based photographer and photojournalist, Damon Coulter

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Softbank's pepper Robot in Omotesando, Tokyo, Japan

Softbank’s pepper Robot in Omotesando, Tokyo, Japan

Or Visa Versa?

A quick zip around, between meetings, to the Softbank store in Omotesando on Friday to photograph the latest robot Japan’s cutting edge robotics labs have produced.

Called Pepper it is billed as an emotional robot that can recognise faces and have “real” conversations with people.

Quite impressive but not really sure what is does other than provide limited friendships for the lonely.

It’s current usefulness is not the point though. This technology is still developing and all these quite amazing creations so far are just the evolutionary links on the way to a robot that is able to perform in a capacity, and with an identity,  that may allow us to interact with it in a human way.

Even in my lifetime the steps towards that goal have been monumental. Who can really predict where the next forty years will take us.

Well Professor Adrian Cheok has a go in this interview I did a few years ago.

More images of Japan’s robotics at my archive here:




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