Lately, Mississippi has been making strides in telehealth, defense, and workforce development.
But a new industry is on the horizon that Mississippi-based C Spire Wireless is looking to corner: artificial intelligence.
C Spire has acquired four humanoid robots from Softbank Robotics America, a subsidiary of a Japanese company that owns U.S. Sprint.
The robot, called Pepper, is four feet tall. Pepper has a tablet affixed on the chest, and can do things like talk about itself, dance, and even strike a pose for a selfie. Pepper can also move in 17 directions and has a head full of sensors.
But that’s not all.. Pepper is being utilized around the world in the healthcare, travel, and service industries.
News Mississippi had the opportunity to interview–and be interviewed– by Pepper.
The responses are pre-programmed, and face-to-face “eye contact” is required for Pepper to be able to read inflection, emotion, and facial expression.
Here’s a bit of the interview:
And Pepper also took the time to explain a little of how it works around the world: