Sony Wants ‘Emotional Robot’ to Form Bonds With Humans

Sony is planning to re-enter the robot business with machines capable of forming emotional bonds with humans, the company’s CEO has said. Speaking at a shareholders meeting in Tokyo this week, Sony chief Kazuo Hirai said the robot will be “capable of forming an emotional bond with customers,” according to Japanese news agency Jiji Press. Try Newsweek: Subscription offers “The robots we are developing can have emotional bonds with customers, giving them joy and becoming the objects of love,” Hirai said. Sony is not the first company to attempt an “emotional robot,” with fellow Japanese multinational SoftBank touting its popular Pepper robot as capable of reading emotions. The humanoid Pepper is seen as the first step towards household robots that provide both utility and companionship. According to its creators, Pepper…


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