Bah! to the notion that your TV newscasters need to establish on-air chemistry. Out the window with the idea that they’ve got to show some personality. And who says that their lips have to move as they enunciate each word in the newscast.

Behold the news robot, via the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo. The Associated Press reports that in a demonstration of technological forwardness, a robot called “Kodomoroid” “read the news without stumbling once and recited complex tongue-twisters glibly.” The downside, reports Yuri Kageyama, is that there were some technical fails, “such as the lips not moving at all while the robot spoke.”

Oh well, that’s nothing compared to this, this and this, for example.