A robot is set to appear in Parliament for the first time

Sophie Williams
Pepper is set to answer questions at a parliamentary hearing: PA

A robot is set to appear in front of MPs next week to give evidence on artificial intelligence and robotics.

It is thought to be the first time a non-human will appear as a witness before the UK parliament.

Pepper the robot is part of an international research project that aims to develop the world’s first culturally aware robots that can help care for elderly people.

On Tuesday, the education committee will ask Pepper about the implications for education of developments in artificial intelligence.

Pepper will give a demonstration to MPs during the committee meeting(PA)

MPs will also hear about Pepper’s work with students at Middlesex University, which includes an initiative involving teaching primary level children.

During the meeting, Pepper will give a demonstration and then MPs will look at how robots can be an asset to learning and how droids can transform workplaces.

Committee chair Robert Halfon told Tes that discussing the role of robots is important.

He said: “If we’ve got the march of the robots, we perhaps need the march of the robots to our select committee to give evidence.

“This is not about someone bringing an electronic toy robot and doing a demonstration, it’s about showing the potential of robotics and artificial intelligence and the impact it has on skills.”

Additional reporting by PA.