Billionaire Masayoshi Son will start selling his humanoid robots named “Pepper” at Sprint stores in the U.S. by next summer, part of SoftBank’s push to take the technology beyond factory floors. In July, Son said he expects to improve labor productivity by replacing 90 million jobs with 30 million robots.
Son said in 2010 his vision was to create a society that coexists with intelligent robots. The SoftBank chairman has said Pepper is a result of his time spent watching the TV show “Astro Boy,” an animated 1960s series based on a character who couldn’t experience emotions.
Could this be an indication of a what the future labour force will look like? Are we approaching complete automation in manufacturing industries globally? Either way, we’re sure to see the same technology on shelves for kids come Christmas 2015!
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