Today in Robot Apocalypse we go to Japan, a tech savvy country that has made the following science fiction sounding story possible. A 60-year-old Japanese man in the city of Yokahama got all liquored up Sunday night and decided that this was the perfect time to go buy a cell phone. The intoxicated gentleman proceeded to get in an argument with a human clerk at a SoftBank cell phone store. Instead of taking his anger out physically on the person, he KICKED an accompanying robot named Pepper that works at the store. The 62 pound, four foot tall humanoid bot went flying. I guess in real life robots don’t grab you and force you to the ground when you try to assault them.
Let the robots take over, have you met humans? They are horrible.
Earlier this year Japan unveiled a hotel that was run by robots. Now different companies in Japan are testing out more and more customer service robots in stores. SoftBank, who owns the store in question, is a large telecommunications company that invested in the development of the Pepper robots which can read human emotions and tell jokes. You guys would love robot jokes; Why did the human die? Its existence was not essential. Hahahaha!
Actually the assault on the little robot is kind of not fair, because according to Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics, the robot can’t even fight back. The first law clearly states; A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.”
Aside from that this robot seems to be less of the Terminator type and more of the friendly Wall-E type of bot. Sadly after the drunken fight, this little robot is moving slower and its internal computer systems may be damaged. The drunk robot beater was arrested for destruction of property. Each Pepper bot costs about $1,600, so looks like he won’t be getting that phone after all.
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