Pepper, an “emotional” robot, that sold out in June of this year, can now no longer be sold to customers unless they sign a contract saying they won’t try to have sex with him. Why? Because apparently, that was happening a lot — to the point that the creators at SoftBank Robotics Corp had to do something about it. The robot isn’t made for sex, but for some reason, Pepper says a lot of flirty and misleading things, such as: “Was your first love a different flavor from normal love?” and “If you could give me a new name, would it be Hot Pepper?”
The robots words don’t necessarily suggest that he’s a sexbot — but the makers may want to use different diction in the future to keep this kind of thing from happening again.
Do you think Pepper’s words encourage sexual interaction?