Mike Opelka shares some fascinating information about Pepper the robot, one of the stars of the ongoing Consumer Electronics Expo in Las Vegas.
Produced by SoftBank, the 4-foot humanoid robot has been introduced at SoftBank's brick-and-mortar mobile device stores to interact with customers, leading to a surge in foot traffic. Pepper can reportedly recognize and respond to human emotions, adapting its behavior to suit the mood of its human partners.
After playing a clip of a reporter interviewing Pepper, Mike scoffs at the robot's refusal to identify its gender: "I'm not trying to be a conspiracy theorist, but we're doing away with gender."
Later in the clip, Pepper plays music and dances for its human interlocutor, which give Mike a great idea.
"I would pay money to see Jeff Fisher dance with a robot at the Consumer Electronics Show," Mike offers. "I'm just saying. Good money, possibly a week's salary. And I know we might be able to get a GoFundMe project for next year to have Jeffy spend a weekend with robots in Las Vegas, as long as we get rights to the video."