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Project of the Month: A world first as EU-funded project robot gives evidence on AI in a parliamentary hearing

Pepper the robot made history by being the first ever robot to give evidence during a parliamentary hearing, specifically to the British House of Commons’ Education Select Committee. Pepper was notably asked about the role that artificial intelligence (AI) could play as part of the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ and how robots can assist with learning in schools in the future.
Project of the Month: A world first as EU-funded project robot gives evidence on AI in a parliamentary hearing
Pepper is part of the EU-funded Horizon 2020 CARESSES project which is developing the world’s first culturally-aware robots, aimed specifically at assisting with care for older people. Pepper currently resides at Middlesex University in the UK, where he works with final year students from the robotics, psychology, biomedicine and education fields.

After being questioned by the members of the House of Commons, Pepper received a resounding round of applause. If you want to see Pepper in action, visit BBC News.

“Robots will have an important role to play, but we will always need the soft skills that are unique to humans to sense, make and drive value from technology. As technologies fuse and are used in the ways that were not envisaged before, a new way of thinking is needed for tomorrow's workers. We will need people that can spot ideas and think across traditional sector divides to drive value from technological innovation.”
- Pepper the robot, speaking at the UK House of Commons, Tuesday 16 October 2018

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Source: Featured in Research*eu magazine n. 77

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