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Who is Pepper?

We have heard it a million times: those of us looking to future-proof their career should be learning to code and also keeping an eye on Artificial Intelligence. And we should have all started yesterday! If you needed an extra proof that these might actually be something to consider, let us introduce you to Pepper!

Pepper is a humanoid robot designed by Japanese company SoftBank Robotics. Pepper’s inventors say that they ‘have designed Pepper to be a genuine day-to-day companion, whose number one quality is his ability to perceive emotions’.

To date, more than 140 SoftBank Mobile stores in Japan are using Pepper as a new way of welcoming, informing and amusing their customers, but businesses also have found value in having Pepper on their premises.

American technology company, Intel, relies on Pepper to conduct pre-interview screening at their Head Office in Dublin. We’ve previously talked about the use of some form of artificial intelligence here, and, as Intel’s example shows, the number of corporations turning to AI for support is growing.

Pepper has all the capabilities of a recruiter juggling applicant screenings. But, how does he do that, I hear you wonder. Well, the mechanism behind is pretty straight forward – he is designed to recognise the principal human emotions, observe reactions and behaviours. He’s also able to correlate those with a series of predefined success factors and stipulations. Moreover, the humanoid is able to adapting his behaviour to the mood of his interlocutor, which is what a recruiter would do, isn’t it?

So, how would you feel if next time when you’re attending an interview you would be greeted by a humanoid?


Photo credit: www.ald.softbankrobotics.com

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