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We don’t have robot butlers just yet, but as of next year, it will be possible to have your very own human-like robot companion. Japanese telecom giant SoftBank revealed to Reuters that it will begin selling personal robot buddies by February. These bots are able to learn and express emotions, and will sell for just under $2,000, with the company believing they’ll be able to serve as babysitters, medical workers or just general companions, all key roles in a market (Japan) where there’s an aging population.

The first public prototype of this new emotional robot, called Pepper, will be rolling into SoftBank mobile retail locations this week, serving customers in-store. The robot uses cloud computing to develop its own emotional capabilities over time – think ‘Her’ but with a much more gradual learning curve. The robots don’t share owner personal information via the cloud, however, the company says. It can…

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