Softbank, the Japanese mobile carrier stated on Tuesday that it will include artificial intelligence technology from IBM into its kindhearted robot Pepper, which goes on sale in Japan in the month of February.
The Vice President of IBM Watson Group, Mr. Steve Gold, stated that the AI engine Watson is already being utilized in healthcare, insurance, and travel services in English, but a new version was required to make it work and think in Japanese.
Unlike various cognitive technologies, which respond mechanically, Watson can be taught over time like a human brain, and make to understand the concept of probability that enables it for advanced and more human-like applications, as stated by IBM.
Mr. Gold stated to The Associated Press that it depends on the circumstance of the discussion as to what the correct answer would be, as opposed to how a PC would generally attempt to answer correctly.
Watson will be utilized in Pepper, the empathetic robot of Softbank going on sale in Japan this month for 198,000 yen, that is, $1,700 and will make for a charming and a smarter companion, he said.
Gold also stated that Watson will change the mechanical responses Pepper gave in early demonstration. Pepper has an astonished face, which is a bit like C3PO in Star Wars and travel around on wheels.
For instance, two plus two is four in arithmetic but in another circumstance it could point to a car design, Gold stated. Watson is designed to recognize context and determine which answer is more probable.