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February 5, 2023

Thankfully, PwC’s Robot CODE-E Does Not Want to Destroy the Human Race

Everybody’s favorite technology-talkin’ PwC robot, CODE-E, made an appearance on the show “Windy City Live” in Chicago this morning and WHY DIDN’T I KNOW ABOUT THIS IN ADVANCE, PwC? I would have made the trek into the city to see CODE-E in the flesh … or steel … or aluminum or whatever it’s made out of.

CODE-E’s chauffeur, Shannon Schuyler, chief purpose officer and responsible business leader at PwC and president of the PwC Charitable Foundation, talked about how the robot is helping students, especially those in underserved communities, get excited about technology and technology-related careers. Schuyler added that CODE-E is also a tool for teachers who don’t know a lot about technology but are asked to teach it.

So far, CODE-E has met with students in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and Detroit.

I watched the segment with CODE-E so you don’t have to, and here’s what I learned about CODE-E that I didn’t know before:

  • CODE-E is about 2 years old, or 16 in robot years.
  • CODE-E can sing “Happy Birthday.”
  • CODE-E might be getting siblings.
  • CODE-E is single but likes to flirt.

When “Windy City Live” co-host Ryan Chiaverini said he’s a fan of futuristic movies and sometimes the robots in those movies aren’t very kind to humans and whether we have to worry about that with CODE-E, Schuyler replied that “CODE-E is very nice to humans and especially nice to children.” WELL, THANK GOD FOR THAT since CODE-E is, you know, usually hanging out with a classroom full of kids.

But if CODE-E decided to obliterate Chiaverini for asking such a dumb question, I’d be cool with that.

If you feel like you must see CODE-E’s appearance on “Windy City Live” today, you can watch it below.

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