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article imageVideo: Advanced robotic newscasters 'hold' press conference

By Walter McDaniel     Jun 26, 2014 in Technology
Japanese robotics developers recently held a press conference to reveal their newest models. Their robotic newscasters took center stage as they reacted to comments, received additional documents and even waved to the crowd.
The robots also talked about wanting to have their own news program and did a mock program about an earthquake. The robots had limited reactions but were able to respond to people and change their expressions. The smiles were a bit eerie as you can see and it will be a long time until they have fully expressive functions.
The conference took place at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. The organization gives Japan a place where kids can learn about advanced sciences and also a place for current scientists as well as engineers to show off their work. '
The models displayed are the work of Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, headed by Hiroshi Ishiguro himself. A former Graduate of Osaka University he now works with them to advance robotics, create research and promote the Japanese robotics world. He has been in several movies on the subject of robotics including "Mechanical Love".
The robotics industry in Japan is constantly making news for their attempts to make robots more lifelike. However they are not the only ones working on this. A robot called Philip K. Dick can recognize faces and speech in several ways. The project was created by American researchers from areas including the Universities of Texas and Memphis.
In many ways those in developed countries are racing to create the first sentient robot. Some are hopeful and others are wary of what a sentient AI could do. Both of these themes are explored in March of the Machines: The Breakthrough in Artificial Intelligence by Kevin Warwick.
Warwick is the man famous for implanting a microchip into his arm and has claimed to have created robots which passed the "Turing Test". This test refers to the ability of a machine to pass itself off as human.
As of yet we have no solid evidence that the Turing test has been passed by any one team or man. We just have a lot of hard work and some unsubstantiated claims. However many in the scientific community believe it will be passed very soon.
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