Watch an android read the news. Better than your local anchor?


Tired of newscasters spewing banter? Try these freaky lifelike newscasters billed by scientists in Japan as the world’s first news-reading androids.

On Tuesday, the two androids displayed their ability at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo.


LEFT: “Kodomoroid” who’s name is a combination of the Japanese word “kodomo,” meaning child, and the word “android.” RIGHT: “Otonaroid,” meaning adult. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

The two humanoid robots will work as part of the museum’s collection and interact with visitors to help collect data. Hiroshi Ishiguro, who headed the project, told Agence France-Presse:

This will give us important feedback as we explore the question of what is human … We want robots to become increasingly clever.

Ishiguro, the director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at the Osaka University Graduate School of Engineering Science, has also built a robot in his own likeness. The robot travels overseas on his behalf to give lectures. “It cuts down on my business trips,” he told AFP. The robot can even be taken on planes by fitting the torso in a suitcase and the head in a carry-on.

“Technical advances mean robots look and act more human, and that makes us think about our worth,” he said.

This is not the only robot to be created in a human’s likeness. Remember Bina?

Nick Kirkpatrick is a digital photo editor at The Washington Post. Follow him on Instagram or on Twitter.
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