News Anchors Of Limited Intelligence

Well, we sll new the News Anchors or News Readers were basically non-thinking beings that could display the chosen emotion on demand while enunciating the assigned text. Now we have the proof.

Japan has a Robot News Anchor. She even, per one video, will have her own web site…

Meet Erica, Japan’s Next Robot News Anchor
By Brandon Specktor January 30, 2018 Strange News

At a mere 23 years old, Japan’s latest news anchor would make her parents proud — if she had any.

Erica, a lifelike android designed to look like a 23-year-old woman, may soon become a TV news anchor in Japan, the Wall Street Journal reported. According to Hiroshi Ishiguro, director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka Universityand Erica’s creator, the android will replace a human news anchor on the airwaves as soon as April, the Daily Mail said.

Erica the android may be well suited for this desk job. For starters, she can capably recite scripted writing and sit in a chair, making her about as qualified for television as most humans. (According to Ishiguro, the android was originally designed to be a receptionist.) [The 6 Strangest Robots Ever Created]

What may set Erica apart from other artificial intelligence, however, is her charisma, Ishiguro has said. Erica is capable of holding a conversation with humans, thanks to a combination of speech-generation algorithms, facial-recognition technology and infrared sensors that allow her to track faces across a room, the Daily Mail reported. While she cannot move her arms yet, Erica can move her facial features, neck, shoulders and waist independently, Ishiguro Laboratories said, allowing her to respond to human speech with uncanny autonomy.

This very short 1 minute 35 second video (with odd music) let’s you see her.

Now if we can just get them to replace the CNN & MSNBC staff… we could increase the average intelligence in news readers by a great deal…

What do you think, Rachael M. about an x86, or just an Armv7?

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7 Responses to News Anchors Of Limited Intelligence

  1. Graeme No.3 says:

    The other possible employment she is entirely equipped to undertake is that of “figurehead” for the BBC, once David Attenborough shuts up. Ability to follow a script is the major essential on alarmist warming/ arctic ice melt starving polar bears etc. Sir David (or Lord GaGa as he is rapidly becoming referred to in some circles) furfills this admirably without being in the least bothered by formal complaints e.g. from the GWPF about nonsense sprouted.

  2. philjourdan says:

    An overt manifestation of the reason I do not watch the news. And I should be one of their prime demographics having grown up with Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley, Jennings.

    But then I was not born a fool, so never stopped learning.

  3. rhoda klapp says:

    Why does she need to exist physically to go on TV? Why not just a CGI image?

  4. Gary says:

    Too symmetrical facial characteristics and jerky movements distract the viewer who won’t be listening closely too the narrative. Waiting for version 2.0.

  5. John Robertson says:

    Max Headroom.

  6. E.M.Smith says:


    Only the novelty of a robot. The Japanese are fascinated by them.

    I suspect that before long the Deep Fake tech will start putting a lot of “personalities” out of work.

    We already have near realistic animation happening.

  7. gallopingcamel says:

    Take “My Fair Lady” and the “Stepford Wives” to the next level so that nerdy people like Hiroshi Ishiguno can get a date.

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