The best part of the video is how the humans singing along with the robot choir react after they have finished singing; they seem like they are excited by the terrifying madness they have just created. While I suppose creating the future death march of our robot overlords is an achievement of such, it is probably not something to get that excited for. Joking aside, these robots are still really creepy, as technologically advanced as they may be.
Pepper the robot is built as a human companion bot and it’s creators even state that it can recognize human emotion and react accordingly. There are actually over 140 stores in Japan using the “friendly” robot to greet guests and welcome visitors. This robot is also claimed to be capable of memorizing your habits, tracking your movements, and picking up on your personality traits. That’s not creepy at all, not one bit.
While I am looking forward to the day when robotic helpers are integrated into our lives, these little guys aren’t quite doing it for me yet. Something about giant black eyes and a large screen on their chest just doesn’t scream “helpful” to me. Anyway, robots are cool, but maybe lets keep the artistic expression and singing to humans for just a little while longer.