Japanese scientists on unveiled what they said was the world’s first news-reading android, eerily lifelike and possessing a sense of humour to match her perfect language skills.
The adolescent-looking Kodomoroid — a portmanteau of the Japanese word kodomo (child) and 'android' — delivered news of an earthquake and an FBI raid to amazed reporters in Tokyo on June 24. She even poked fun at her creator, telling leading robotics professor Hiroshi Ishiguro: "You’re starting to look like a robot!"
The pitch-perfect Kodomoroid was flanked by a fellow robot, Otonaroid — whose name comes from otona (adult). Unlike the more confident Kodomoroid, Otonaroid caught stage fright and fluffed her lines when asked to introduce herself, excusing herself after a quick reboot: "I’m a little bit nervous."