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I played ping-pong with an AI-powered robot and now I want to be its friend

Update 1/10/18: This story has been updated with video from CES 2018. The original article appears below.

With all the recent talk of AI posing existential risks to humanity and our privacy, Japanese company Omron is taking a softer, more innocuous approach. Specifically, with its table tennis robot Forpheus, which strives to pursue “harmony of humans and machines” by patiently teaching us how to play ping-pong.

Although ping-pong ball-pitching machines like TrainerBot exist, Forpheus can actually live up to the feeling of playing against a real opponent. First introduced in 2014, the...

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Published By: theverge.com - Wednesday, 10 January