‘Hi, I’m Pepper’ – first humanoid robot in South Africa gently introduces herself

At your next hotel check-in, you might just be assisted by a robot. Well, perhaps not quite yet, but the first humanoid robot in South Africa is an indicator of the capability of artificial intelligence (AI). Pepper, a humanoid chat robot was recently unveiled at Nedbank’s digital-branch, the NZone, at the Gautrain station in Sandton. Its main role is to allay Terminator -phobia of robots in customer-facing positions. "Humanoid robots are also [being] implemented to replace existing …