A robot named Erica to become a news anchor in Japan

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For the first time in the world of news reports, a Japanese robot will host a news segment starting in April. The robot, called 'Erica', was developed by Hiroshi Ishiguro, Director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University.

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Erica looks like a young reporter and her voice has been dubbed to sound like a young woman from 23 years. According to this report from Sanvada, Erica can process sound from its source and in addition to her interaction with humans. Through audio processing, the robot can easily distinguish different sounds in a conversation. According to Mr.. Ishiguro, this is done using a model called an advanced speech synthesis system.

Plus you can track movement around you with 15 built-in infrared sensors using object detection algorithms. Despite this, Erica has no functional arms and legs. In other words, can speak but cannot move, because you don't have to. The job involves reading the news from behind the desk and has been able to do so without any problems during testing. Erica will not participate in the compilation or curation of the news, so she will not qualify as a reporter.

Ishiguro revealed that he tried to get Erica to air almost four years ago, but things didn't quite work out back then. Since then, has programmed the robot to develop a consciousness of its own. He claims that Erica has a “alma” and has feelings like a real person. This, how can we imagine, has been controversially received. The debate will go on for quite some time when it comes to the metaphysical aspect of artificial intelligence.

Our opinion on this

This is quite important in the journalistic world. AI has been expanding its capabilities in different fields and this is the first breakthrough in the world of news reporting. Until now, the robot will only act as a newscaster, But it won't be long before your skills also include gathering and gathering the news.. As for the robot that develops its own personality, It remains to be seen how it affects the people whose jobs it will replace. Will it replace reporters in the field who cover events? Will you be able to ask questions at press conferences? We will have to wait and watch.

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