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Erica Robot – Worlds First TV News Anchor in Japan

 Erica Robot - Worlds First TV News Anchor in Japan

Erica Robot – Worlds First TV News Anchor in Japan

Erica Robot – Worlds First TV News Anchor in Japan

Her voice may also be used to talk to passengers in autonomous vehicles, writes Wall Street Journal.

Erica was developed with money from one of the highest-funded science projects in Japan, JST Erato.

Although she is unable to move her arms, she can work out where sound is coming from and knows who is asking her a question.

Using 14 infra-red sensors and face recognition technology, she can track people in a room.

Erica’s ‘architect’ Dr Dylan Glas, says the robot has learned to tell jokes, ‘although they’re not exactly side-splitters’, he added.

‘What we really want to do is have a robot which can think and act and do everything completely on its own’, he said.

This isn’t the first time Ishiguro has created a robot newsreader.

In 2014, Dr Ishiguro unveiled ultra-realistic robot news anchors called Kodomoroid and Otonaroid at a Tokyo museum.

Hiroshi Ishiguro, director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, and the creator of the humanoid says he’s been trying to get her on air since 2014.

It’s not known what network she will appear or during what time period. She will also lend her voice for in-car interactions for self-driving vehicles.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5328821/Erica-robot-life-like-soul.html#ixzz55ylL1AAj
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