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SoftBank is known for having many business interests — from an early investment in Alibaba, to the Sprint deal in the US — but now the company is moving into robotics with an “emotionally-aware” humanoid called Pepper. Pepper was unveiled at a press event in Tokyo, and it is designed to perform a range of tasks, from customer service to helping out with family jobs, all while gauging the emotions of people around it. The robot uses an ‘emotional engine’ developed by SoftBank, which is powered by a cloud-based artificial intelligence system. Each robot provides feedback from its experiences into the…

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