June 10, 2014      

With its huge eyes, empathic abilities and overall adorable presence, Pepper the new humanoid robot may remind some of Astro Boy, the robot hero from anime, films, TV and video games.

Pepper lacks super strength and can't fly like Astro Boy, cautions creator Aldebaran Robotics, but Pepper is meant to be a hero in its own domestic way. Pepper can speak and express emotions and appropriately respond - make jokes, dance, rap - to the speech and emotions of humans.

Pepper's abilities are based on ...

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