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Chime In With Robotic Conversations

Should we lower our expectations about robots?

According the New York Times, Hiroshi Ishiguro, director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory in Japan says people should stop expecting companion robots to do useful chores or understand them, and instead try to chime in with robotic conversations.

“Voice recognition has always been very difficult for robots. Human beings should instead adjust to what robots can do.” – Hiroshi Ishiguro

Sota, his new 11-inch talking robot robot, is programmed to mainly talk with a fellow robot. Hence, to enjoy fully its features, one would have to buy at least two of them.

Robot maker Vstone expects to sell 3,000 Sota robots in the first year, mostly to businesses wishing to draw attention to products on display.

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