Meet Kodomoroid - The Android Newscaster Of The Future

(Image Via Yoshikazu Tsuno, Agence France-Presse)

Newscasters beware- a Japanese news-reading android is coming for your job! Newscasters used to be serious journalists, but nowadays they’re typically little more than a talking head reading from a teleprompter, so it’s only natural that robots would be considered the next step in newscaster evolution.

This is the Kodomoroid- an android built by Japanese professor of robotics Hiroshi Ishiguro and arguably the world's first news-reading android. The Kodomoroid is currently gathering data in Tokyo's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, where it hopefully will not discover artificial intelligence and gain sentience, or we're screwed!

Here's the robotics rebel posing next to his creation, which is pleasant looking enough not to scare away viewers, yet creepy enough to remind us that it's capable of singlehandedly becoming our robotic overlord:

(Image Via Dailymail UK)

It's hard to tell whether he is immensely proud of his newscasting creation, or if he feels like he should apologize to all the human newscasters in the world for bringing about their end-of-days.

-Via Laughing Squid


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I'm fairly certain I've visited this place. I think the globe is projected onto small OLED panels and can be updated in near real time to show global weather trends and other planets. I'm unclear as to why it needed to physically rotate at all, and why they couldn't just animate the images on the OLED panels to give the appearance of movement (in the correct direction!)
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Neil Degrasse Tyson told them that they had the globe spinning the wrong direction. It was harder to re-mount the motor than it was to turn the globe over.
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