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Pepper the robot

Pepper the robot hopes to be big in Japan.

Credit: Aldebaran

If you visit Softbank's flagship store in downtown Tokyo, you may be greeted by a charming, slightly manic new member of the staff: a gleaming white humanoid robot that gestures dramatically, cracks odd jokes, and occasionally breaks out dancing to music emanating from its own body.

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