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Erica, the creepy robot that is so life-like she appears to ‘have a soul’, will replace a Japanese TV news anchor in April

Daily Mail [1]
January 30, 2018

A creepy life-like robot called Erica is set to become a TV news anchor in Japan.

The humanoid. which has one of the most advanced artificial speech systems in the world, will take up her new role in April.

According to her creator Hiroshi Ishiguro, the droid is warm and caring, and may soon have an ‘independent consciousness’.

She has been described as so realistic she could ‘have a soul’.

Very few details have been revealed about Erica’s new job, however Dr Ishiguro said she will use AI to read news put together by humans.

‘We’re going to replace one of the newscasters with the android,’ said Dr Ishiguro, who is director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University.

Dr Ishiguro says he has been trying to get his creation on air since 2014.

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