According to the The Daily Mail, the first female robot news anchor gave its first news report Sunday in China.
The robot named Xin Xiaomeng was designed by Xinhua and programmed by Sogou.com to "read texts as naturally as a professional anchor." It was designed to resemble real-life journalist Qu Meng.
The robot gave a presentation on a news story about politicians appearing in Bejing for the annual legislative session in China, which is widely considered to be the biggest political event of the year in China. It wore a pink-and-purple blouse, resembling an outfit worn by Meng during a 2014 presentation, and also sported a short bob haircut and two metal bauble earrings.
Her brown eyes stare into the camera as she speaks in a slightly robotic voice, blinking every so often, and her arms occasionally shift to resemble how humans may tend to fidget. The realistic depiction of a human is uncanny and has many viewers in and out of China are reportedly worried about how close the resemblance is.
Xin is the latest to join a team of robotic news anchors sponsored by China's state-run news agency, Xinhua. Last year, the English-speaking robot Zhang Zhao and Chinese-speaking robot Qiu Hao were revealed to the world during the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China.