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A.I. Steps Up To Lend A Hand

The Roanoke County South Library is believed to be the first in the U.S. to have the services of Pepper, a humanoid robot…

…The concept of using AI at the library was already part of a strategic plan. But it didn’t start to become reality until Director of Library Services Shari Henry had an epiphany.

“During our Christmas tree lighting (last year) where about 1,500 people come – I noticed that the line to see the unveiling of the 3D printers was longer than the line to see Santa,” she said.  “And so that really showed me that there was a hunger in this community for more technology.”

Administrators then reached out to RobotLAB, which connects robots with K-thru-12 classrooms, to adapt Pepper to the library system.

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