When Pepper isn’t spending all its time at work, the humanoid robot has been staying busy mastering a new hobby: the child’s game ball-in-a-cup.
And as you can see from the video below, Pepper has gotten really good at it, quickly. The YouTube video, posted last week by Pepper developer SoftBank, shows the robot using aritifical intelligence and trial-and-error learning to get the small ball in the cup.
At first, a human guides the Pepper’s arm to demonstrate how the game is played. Even with the human’s help, but ball didn’t land in the cup, but Pepper got the hang of how the game is played.
After 10 trials on its own, Pepper still hadn’t caught the ball, but the enterprising robot didn’t give up. Twenty trials go by, then 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 more times the robot tried and was not successful. Then, miraculously, on its 100 try, Pepper lands the ball in the cup.
The robot then went on to put human players everywhere to shame, repeating its successful catch 10 more times in a row while making it look like the ball and cup are magnetized.
Pepper — touted as the world’s first robot that can read emotions — is not only better at gaming than us lowly humans, it’s also got a more impressive resume than a lot of people. The robot recently snagged a job in the healthcare filed after dabbling in the retail, financial, and food service industries. Pepper is now serving as a receptionist in two Belgian hospitals, where it’s assisting patients and helping to direct visitors to where they need to go.