Russian state information channel Rossiya 24 has launched a robotic presenter for a few of its bulletins.
‘Alex’ has already precipitated a stir, with some viewers complaining about his look and accusing him of peddling political propaganda.
The robotic was developed by Promobot within the metropolis of Perm. His silicon head is modelled on the face of the corporate’s co-founder Alexei Yuzhakov.
For the time being, the robotic anchor can solely transfer his facial options and neck.
Nevertheless, the ultimate robotic can have absolutely cellular limbs as properly.
Manufacturing of the robotic started in 2017 and ought to be absolutely full later this 12 months, in line with Promobot.
It mentioned Alex had value multiple million roubles ($15,600; £12,000) to develop and that it had acquired orders for 12 extra humanoids.
Rossiya 24 mentioned its latest presenter was of Russian origin with “software program and nearly all of its elements produced contained in the nation”.
Alex has delivered various bulletins for the channel, presenting information gadgets about agriculture, a nuclear expertise discussion board and micro-finance.
“I ought to notice that at a technological improvements exhibition, the principle hero was me, robotic Alex,” he mentioned, with a smile, when presenting a phase about a synthetic intelligence convention in Moscow.
However an merchandise that appeared to have all of the hallmarks of a smear towards opposition activist Ilya Yashin was criticised.
“Meet Rossiya 24’s new anchor, robotic Alex. Synthetic intelligence, a expertise for propaganda and an built-in faux information generator is offered proper in your field,” one viewer mentioned on Twitter.
Others mocked Alex’s barely tough look and garments, his off-focus gaze and awkward facial expressions.
“Alex, if they’re holding you hostage and pressure you to drink alcohol, wink thrice once you go on the air!” urged a viewer on-line.
One viewer took a shine to Alex and mentioned he was a “very good robotic” whereas one other mentioned his deployment was “an fascinating pattern”.
Most observers suppose on-air Alex is a short lived stunt to inject some enjoyable and promote revolutionary Russian expertise in TV information.
“For the primary time a robotic appeared as a information presenter on TV channel Rossiya 24,” the channel mentioned on its web site.
“It’s for TV viewers to determine how he carried out. May robots change journalists?” it requested.
Reporting by Katherine Zeveleva and Karine Mirumyan, BBC Monitoring