Meet Kodomoroid, Otonaroid: World's first android newscasters

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  • Tuesday, 01 Jul 2014

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!"

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