Future schlock

Future schlock

Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto: A Japanese billionaire has introduced a robot named Pepper that its developers claim can read the emotions of people by recognizing expressions and tone of voice and displays affection by cooing and humming (Page A8).

The bad news: The robots are still going to take over the world. The good news: The world will be a much calmer place.

Fine the Fokkers: The Dutch aerospace company Fokker Technologies will have to forfeit $21 million for selling U.S made goods to Iran, Sudan and Burma in violation of trade sanctions. The company hid the sales by falsifying work orders to make it appear the parts were being purchased by countries not under sanction. The original Fokker company made and sold planes to the German army during World War I (Page A9).

Goes to show you: You just never know when some Fokker is going to go behind your back and defy you.

A few scratches; I’ll give you $3: PBS says its “Antiques Roadshow” series, which features experts appraising antiques, will no longer appraise ivory tusks in order to discourage the slaughter of elephants (Page D4).

Although they’re not worth much, experts will continue to appraise vinyl LPs of Fleetwood Mac’s 1979 album, “Tusk.”

—Jon Bauer, Herald staff

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