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China news agency hires humanoid robot reporter

May 02, 2017, 6:12 AM EDT
(Source: Export Portal/flickr)
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China-based Xinhua News Agency recently released a video of a humanoid robot reporter, named Jia Jia, interviewing Kevin Kelly, the founding executive editor of Wired magazine. The interactive robot, showing facial micro-expressions and subtle gestures, is designed to answer basic questions but falters when its A.I. skills are put to test.

Dubbed as a special reporter, Jia Jia, with her minimal expressions and confused answers, lags far behind the sophisticated humanoid robots of "Blade Runner" and "Westworld," writes CNET.

China’s ambitions to nurture and train robot scribes were first revealed earlier this year when it showed off “Inspire,” a robot intern reporter for Xinhua, notes Quartz. However, the first glimpse of these robotic journalists augurs well for humans, as a lot of grooming would be required before machines take up the reporting job.

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