Elderly storytelling android debuts in Japan
Video screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET)
The art of humorous storytelling in Japan, known as rakugo, isn’t as popular as it once was. But now an android has joined the ranks of comics who kneel on cushions while spinning out jokes.
The narrative droid is a copy of Beicho Katsura III, an 86-year-old rakugo comic recognized by the government as a Living National Treasure.
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Powered by air servos, the droid has all the idiosyncratic moves of Beicho perf… [Read more]
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