Japanese scientists announce the world’s first robot newscaster
Robots may be taking over news anchors’ jobs around the world soon! On Tuesday Japanese scientist, Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University, unveiled the world’s first robotic newscaster at a Tokyo museum.
The creepy human-like news-reading androids, named Kodomoroid and Otonaroid, were created for research on how humans interact with robots and the differentiating factors between a person and a machine.
Both Androids demonstrated highly intelligent and polished language skills, whilst showing facial expressions including moving their lips in time to a voice-over, raising their eyebrows appropriately and making various hand gestures. The Kodomoroid, a name which derives from a combination of the Japanese work “Kodomo” (child) and “android,” read news of an earthquake and an FBI raid and made fun at her creator, telling Ishiguro: “You’re starting to look like a robot!”, according to BreitBart.
The other android present was Otonaroid, from “otona” meaning adult. This robot will join Kodomoroid at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in order to interact with visitors and collect data for Ishiguro’s studies associated with human reactions to the machines.
A variety of voices have been designed for the robots, but some glitches “such as the lips not moving at all while the robot spoke, or the Otonaroid announcer robot staying silent twice when asked to introduce itself,” still happened during the demonstration.
“Making androids is about exploring what it means to be human,” Ishiguro told reporters, including representatives from the Associated Press, “examining the question of what is emotion, what is awareness, what is thinking.”