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Robots Help Ease Loneliness in Japan

By Antonio Hermosin Can an android awaken human empathy and remedy loneliness? The maker of popularrobot ‘Pepper’, Kaname Hayashi – who is now working on a robot to play that role and aspires to make it a household name – certainly thinks so. Hayashi’s Pepper was the first robot capable of interpreting human emotions and language, and since going on sale in 2015, Pepper has become a common presence in commercial establishments as one of the most recognizable faces of Japan’s cutting edge technology. “It was a giant step forward in robotics and showed that the home robot market has…

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