Meet Your New News Anchor, Robot Erica

Erica is all the rage in Japan’s news industry, becoming a news anchor at the tender age of “23,” an age she will ALWAYS be so long as she exists, because she’s a robot.  Sophia the Robot might be a Saudi citizen that quips jokes at the expense of South Korean presidents, but she doesn’t have a real job like Erica does.

Meet Erica, Japan’s Next Robot News Anchor

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.

According to the Daily Mail, Erica has been described by her creator as being so lifelike that she could “have a soul.”



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