Enjoy my report on some of the things that are happening in the robot world right now. The Home Robot Word list and original vocab YouTube will help you round some of the vocab, and give you more listening practice. The article I got all the words from is linked at the top of the Word List, more reading practice.
All the word are in the same order in all three, so it is easy to find them all.
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OK. Robots. Softbank, Pepper. Pepper is a humanoid robot being developed by Softbank.
Softbank imagine/hope that they will sell thousands of them, making Masayoshi Son even
richer. They're $2000. The sale, the release has been delayed from February to
June/August. They're having a little trouble commercalising it. They're having a little
trouble making it useful enough for people to want to buy.
At the moment it's on wheels, it can't do the dishes, it can't do the vacuuming. It can hold
basic conversations with you but if it doesn't understand what you're saying, it just starts
talking about something else. I know people like that.
Softbank are working with IBM. IBM have an artificial intelligence setup called Watson.
So Pepper (some software and hardware), and Pepper (artificial intelligence), they come
together and soon we'll all have Pepper in our house. I've seen Pepper on TV. I'm sure you have too. Looks all kawaii and cute, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with it.
At the bottom of this article there's more about industry robots, but I'm talking about home
Next, Sony Aibo Dogs. There was a funeral held for 19 Sony Aibo dogs. You had the monk
there, and you had the owners there.
The Sony Aibo dog was released in 1999. The first 3000 sold out within 20 minutes. 250,000yen they cost. They sold out in 20 minutes. Over time, from 1999 to 2006, Sony released more and more Sony Aibo dogs. In the end over 150,000 were sold. They had
sensors, cameras, microphones. The latest models could even talk back to you. And they
had artificial intelligence so they could develop personalities.
Come 2006, Sony have got no money left. You've got your Samsung, you've got your other competition. Sony can't afford to keep making the Aibo dog, it was a bit of a hobby for them. So they cut production of it. They kept the Aibo lab open, so if you had problems with your
Aibo dog you could take it in there and they'd fix it, but in March 2014 they said, 'No, we're
finishing that.' So no Sony Aibo lab.
So now you've got your Aibo owners, they had a funeral for their dogs. Their dogs still work, but they're breaking down, and now there's nowhere to get them fixed. There is one guy
who's an engineer who fixes them, and all these Sony Aibo dog owners call him a doctor,
rather than an engineer. Should call him a vet I suppose.
These dogs, they develop personalities with their artificial intelligence; so people get a good bond towards them. That's the way of the future I think. People making bonds with robots.
Last story, Robear. Riken Institute have released Robear. Apparently they've got a bunch of robot stuff, all based on a bear theme. It's like being Rilakkuma.
It's job is to lift elderly patients. In aged care, looking after old people in the old peoples
home one of the biggest jobs for the staff, and one fo the job which causes the most
problems (back problems etc.), is lifting patients in and out of bed. It has to happen many
times a day. Robear can do that for them.
There's a fantastic video of Robear at work. Check it out. That's one example of how robots are going to help us in the future.