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Xinhua beefs up reporting team with robots

(Bloomberg) --The official Xinhua News Agency has followed the trend of artificial intelligence and added a robot reporter to its team recently. The interactive robot with the appearance of a young Chinese woman in traditional dress did a Skype interview recently with Wired Magazine’s Kevin Kelly.

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A Pepper humanoid robot, developed by Softbank Group Corp., operates in an exhibition hall at the CeBIT 2017 tech fair in Hannover, Germany, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Leading edge technologies in the digital world are showcased in this annual event which runs March 20 - 24. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Xinhua said the robot will be upgraded in the future with better language skills. The human-like robot is designed with natural eye movement and speech, which is synchronized with its lip movement.

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