Hello robot

I look forward to participating at #DigitalDay on November 21st. One of the topics I find fascinating about the time we live in is the use of robots.

On page 65 of this report, I learned that an increasing number of people will be helped / served by robots. And reading this article, I learned about 3 classes of robots: Class 1 robots replace humans at work in dirty, hazardous environments and tedious operations. Class 2 robots operate closely with humans to alleviate incommodity or to increase comfort, such as entertainment, assisting the elderly or carrying patients. Class 3 robots operate humans. Examples are medical robots robots for diagnosis surgery, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Regarding class 1 robots, I look forward to seeing this cleaning robot at work at Zürich main station. Concerning class 2 robots, I look forward to chat with Pepper during #DigitalDay.  On this thread with Daniela Lozza and Clare Thomson, I was happy to be able to prepare a little for the #DigitalDay event. I learned, for example, that Pepper is just 1.20 metres tall, weighs only 28 kilograms and can move at up to 3 kilometres per hour. Also, I read that Pepper’s creators hope that independent developers will create new content and uses for Pepper.

Watching this video, I learned that Pepper can help us in our daily lives, for example by helping us feel welcome at a place and answering questions we have. Thinking about questions I would like to ask Pepper, the 10 questions below popped into my mind. As I think it will be quite busy during #DigitalDay, I will probably not have the possibility to ask Pepper all of them. But anyway, these are the questions I came to think of.

Question # 1: Hi Pepper, how are you feeling today?

Question # 2: Pepper, are you a man or a woman?

Question # 3: Pepper, I am curious to know in which country you were born and  in which places you grew up. Can you tell me please?

Question # 4: If you wanted to become even more like a human being, what do you think you need?

Question # 5: Pepper, I am curious to know how you learn something new. Can you give some examples of how you learn well, please?

Question # 6: Can you please tell me a little about who programmed you and how you were programmed?

Question # 7: I read that some people are afraid to lose their jobs to robots. How can you help people who have this fear in their hearts and minds?

Question # 8: If you were asked to help people discover values they have, what questions would you ask?

Question # 9: I would like to participate in brainstorming about the future of health . Can you please tell me where this brainstorming is taking place?

Question # 10: Pepper, do you think I can smile but still feel negative emotions such as sadness, fear, or anger?

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