Makers Of Flirtatious Robot ‘Pepper’ Have To Ban Users From Having Sex With It
When Pepper the robot first became available to consumers in June, he sold out in a minute (the makers say that the Peppers in their stores identify as males). This may have been due the fact that only 1,000 models were available at the time. It might have also been because people wanted to make love to it.
Well, something weird had to have happened to Pepper because now the creators are making consumers sign contracts promising not have sex with him. Users of the emotionally intelligent robot are now prohibited from using him for sexual activities and/or indecent acts, downloading sexually based apps, and reprogramming Pepper to stalk people.
While this isn’t based on solely one incident, IGN reported that one user reprogrammed Pepper to have breasts “for the purposes of testing sexual harassment.” GOOD SAVE. That same man was recently arrested in a store for kicking one of the robots, suggesting that their relationship was more complicated than he led us to believe.
The last thing we want to do is slut-shame Pepper, but the makers designed him to be an emotional companion who can sense your feelings and adapt with the goal of making you happy. The robot doesn’t seem physically designed for intercourse (like that’s stopped people before), but socially it’s definitely designed for flirtation.
Look, I’m not saying that Pepper was asking for it. I’m just saying that some of the things this robot says to please people can be sexually confusing. Here are two videos featuring several quotes that are concerning.
NOTE: Pepper is still speaking.
Hot Pepper may need a cold shower. Damn. [IGN]