Maybot Pepper: A walking and talking robot appeared in Britain’s parliament for the first time on Tuesday. This instigated the Twitterati to heap more mockery at the premier, Theresa May.
The latest round of public amusement came at the expense of the PM during a committee meeting on Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI is destined to usher in the fourth industrial revolution world over.
MPs on the Education Committee invited a robot named Pepper- a white female creation with an excruciatingly thin waist and a tablet computer stuck to her chest. She was brought in to answer some basic questions.
Asked whether humans would have a place in a brand new world Pepper responded reassuringly.
Said she, “Robots will have an important role to play but we will always need the soft skills that are unique to humans to sense, make and drive value from technology.”
She was asked about a few more unscripted matters before panelists moved on to discuss social injustice and ethics.
Comparisons to the premier’s propensity to dance robotically and speak with methodic precision quickly earned her the pseudonym ‘Maybot’ on Twitter.
“That’s fantastic…..but can it do the Maybot?” asked one named Hugh Duffy.
“Theresa May is looking almost human these days” commented Benedict Symth.
“NEW: A witness gave a robotic performance in front of the Commons Committee but it wasn’t Theresa May” chipped in Politics Home, a popular website.
Theresa May has become a subject of ridicule lately as she struggles to bail her country out of the EU with minimal damage.
Of late, she has particularly taken to dancing something she did twice once in August at a trade mission to Africa and another time at a Tory conference this month.
Her moves did not really go down well with bemused Britons instead spawning an entire family of Maybot Twitter accounts pretending to speak on the PM’s behalf.