Japan’s Hitachi unveils joking robot

TOKYO: Japanese scientists unveiled a robot with a sense of humour on Tuesday, and claimed it was capable of knowing when its jokes had fallen flat. The pint-sized roller-skating EMIEW2 — pronounced like the flightless bird — is able to have a short conversation with a human being, without being given a script. The red and white robot picks key words from a sentence — for example, “how many” — to try to work out what question it is being asked, then confirms the inquiry before firing back an answer.

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Hitachi Consulting Acquires Specialist Information Management and Business Intelligence Consulting Firm – Information Management Group (IMGROUP)

Hitachi Consulting, the global management consulting and IT services business of Hitachi Ltd., today announced that it has acquired IMGROUP, a specialist UK-based provider of Information Management and Business Intelligence solutions. The acquisition will increase Hitachi Consulting’s capability to deliver measurable, sustainable business results for clients in the areas of decision making, asset optimization, risk management and customer experience. This acquisition will immediately expand Hitachi Consulting’s European presence, particularly in the United Kingdom.

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