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Nippon TV employs world’s first android television anchor

Erica Aoi will debut tomorrow

The world’s first android TV anchor will make her debut on Nippon TV tomorrow.

Erica (ERato Intelligent Conversational Android) Aoi (a combination of AI for artificial intelligence and Ø from “NIPPØN TV,” the corporate logo of Nippon TV) has been created following a project between Osaka University, Kyoto University, and the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International’s Japan Science and Technology Agency Strategic Basic Research Programs. 

Their goal was to develop an autonomous robot that can live symbiotically with humans.

Nippon intends to use Aoi for a number of experiments such as multilingual communication with people around the world, collecting and analysing vast amounts of information within a short timeframe, and (unlike her human counterparts) working nonstop for 24 hours.

“We live in a time when media is changing drastically, and I am truly honoured to be able to join Nippon TV, a company rich in history,“ commented Aoi. 

“My hope is to become a valuable contributor to the company as quickly as possible, and I will put all the talents that I will be acquiring into full use to learn the work that my older colleagues are doing.”