A robot in Tokyo by the name of Pepper can apparently conduct smart, fast-paced interviews with tough enough questions to stump even a trained reporter. That's how Agence France-Presse correspondent Alastair Himmer described his experience with Pepper, a robot created by Aldebaran Robotics that can speak, tell jokes and sense human emotions.
He wrote in a blog post Wednesday that the interview was harder than his interview with soccer champion Zinedine Zidane and other top athletes.
"The machine-- which barely came up to my belly button-- was very much in control," he wrote.
Himmer, who was there to give the very first exclusive in-depth interview with the robot, said that it wasn't long before the tables had completely turned.
"IT was interviewing ME," he said. "Or more accurately put: interrogating me. Random questions came thick and fast. I was sweating. I felt sure I would short-circuit."
Some argue that it's time to embrace robot journalists. Himmer might need some time to think about that.
"I left the building in a hurry," he wrote. "I've not slept great since."