Japan's Latest Newscaster... Is An Android

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Robots already vacuum floors, interact with customers, work at power plants, and make for uncanny stand-ins of television stars.

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro is looking to add his Kodomoroid (lit. "childroid") and Otonaroid (lit. "adultroid") to the world of television as newscasters. Ishiguro's presented his newest creations at Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo as part of the "Androids — What is Human?" exhibit. Kodomoroid will deliver the latest news to the museum's visitors in multiple languages while Otonaroid is advanced enough to carry on basic conversations with visitors and respond with a variety of facial expressions.

A third android, Telenoid, is infant-like and can be snuggled.

Ishiguro took the message of the exhibit seriously stating, “To create something that helps humans, we need to know what humans are.”

The exhibit will be on display for at least three years.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the tip!
Source: The Japan Times via Deadline

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