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Robot news anchor raises eyebrows in Russia

April 22, 2019 | Comment icon 22 comments



Would you be happy with a robot presenting the news ? Image Credit: YouTube / Rossiya 24
A human-like robot known as 'Alex' has recently been deployed as an anchor on a Russian news channel.
Developed by Perm-based startup Promobot, the unnerving contraption has been designed to resemble company co-founder Alexei Yuzhakov.

Costing $15,600 to build, the robot is still a work-in-progress however its creators are hoping to implement fully functioning limbs as well as other new features before the end of this year.

Alex has made several appearances on the news channel Rossiya 24 however some disgruntled viewers have already complained about its strange appearance.

Some have even argued that the robot is being used to peddle political propaganda for the channel.

You can view Alex in action for yourself in the video below.



Source: BBC News | Comments (22)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #13 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
Don't know why some people want human looking skinned bot...  they are all incredibly creepy.
Comment icon #14 Posted by oldrover 3 years ago
Yep. I was reading through the posts to see if he'd had a mention. 
Comment icon #15 Posted by Tatetopa 3 years ago
Max Headroom show 1986.  Reporter with brain injury suddenly appears on the newsweb as a virtual newscaster.  Way ahead of its time in concept anyway.  
Comment icon #16 Posted by Tatetopa 3 years ago
My apologies.  Should have known. Sorry all of you youngsters out there.  Max Headroom was 30 years ago. At the dawn of the internet and cable tv, we thought it was pretty camp.  You can google a clip or two. But, he is a lot better looking than the Russian guy and he doesn't look drunk. Makes me feel old.  I was in a vinyl record and CD store when those were popular.  I heard two teenage girls talking, "Did you know Paul McCartney was in a group before Wings?"   
Comment icon #17 Posted by oldrover 3 years ago
No my apologies. What I meant was the first thing I thought of when I first read this was Max Headroom. And I was checking to see if anyone else hadmentioned him. Channel 4 Friday night. 
Comment icon #18 Posted by Tatetopa 3 years ago
Still around? Didn't know that.  Thanks.   I think if they field a robot body, it will only be short term.  The real savings is full CGI, no studio, no cameras, no makeup, no expensive sets or large spaces.  After all, in Japan, some guys are already falling in love with their AI girlfriends online and trying to marry them knowing full well who or what they are. In this world of big data, everybody could watch a newsavatar created  especially for them to satisfy their own preferences.as far as looks and content.   
Comment icon #19 Posted by oldrover 3 years ago
Sorry, no I meant back then in the 80s. I'm sure it was a Friday? I hated Max Headroom, I thought he was a YUPPY.  Scary stuff there from the chaps with the AI girlfriends.     
Comment icon #20 Posted by Tatetopa 3 years ago
He was indeed a yuppie.  But nobody has had hair that good until Eric Trump.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Impedancer 3 years ago
Why not putin or kim jong-un or this  https://images.app.goo.gl/DUHERNzc7e6oqETDA
Comment icon #22 Posted by tmcom 3 years ago
A computer does a much better job. I believe that a PC game based graphics engine is pulling this off, which makes it all the more remarkable, (price wise) and sure the engine is copying a human, but a computer should be able to do this on its own, eventually. We see a sexy, young woman presenting a story, and in another part of the world, some ugly, overweight woman with a Fatboy/Slim green t-shirt on and a sig, hanging out of her mouth, says, "Yeah, that will ....ing do, l need to make a takeout order for Maccers, since l am running out of groceries!


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