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Putting the AI in Samurai

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AI Samurai’s primary abilities, which include speech, voice recognition, and facial recognition, are definitely things that most people think about when they hear of artificial intelligence—so by that metric, he passes with flying colors!

His voice is obviously robotic, but in a way that almost reminds you of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator—if Arnie had developed a nasty sore throat. But, perhaps most importantly, the AI Samurai actually seems capable of having a conversation with people. He’ll even give you recommendations for articles to read, just like he’s your Facebook friend.

He doesn’t have a sword, sadly, though that was by design. On the other hand, the chatty robotic warrior does have a nifty gunbai, a type of war fan used to communicate orders to soldiers, so he’s not totally defenseless.

But the purpose of the warrior isn’t battle anyway. As asserted in the video released by Nextremer, the company that developed AI Samurai, the robot is on a “quest for an A.I. solution.” And part of that quest involves traveling the world. He’ll be at SXSW Interactive 2016 in March, and will apparently embark on a world tour after that, though no other stops have been listed yet.

This tour isn’t just for showing off; his creators want to test his abilities in a variety of situations and see how he handles real communication.

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