Two years ago, the world gasped in wonder when we were introduced to Sophia, the robot from Hong Kong that could emote like a human being and lay out the wittiest answers to your questions. When Sophia made her debut, she struck a chord with a software engineer from Ranchi who has now given Indians our very own version of Sophia.
In August this year, Ranchi’s Ranjit Srivastava shared information about a humanoid robot that he had been working on for two years on an estimated budget of Rs.50,000. Rashmi was specifically made to be able to converse in English, Hindi, Bhojpuri, and Marathi as Srivastava was inspired to develop an indigenous robot that could speak Hindi after seeing the capabilities of Sophia.
What’s more is that Rashmi is the first robot to host a radio show on Red FM.
Known as Ask Rashmi, RJ Robot Rashmi’s show with Red FM began on December 3. The show’s concept sees her surprising her listeners with responses to queries on a wide range of topics such as politics, environment, road safety, all with a good understanding of human emotions.
She performs during two slots: one in the morning, from 10 AM to 11 AM, with RJ Raunac who is known by his, alter ego, Baua as well, and one in the evening, from 5 PM to 6 PM, with RJ Kisna and Ashish.
Hi @akshaykumar sir Congratulations for the grand success of #2Point0 but here is World's First Hindi Speaking Humanoid Robot and @RedFMIndia's newest RJ @RashmiRobot making a request to you. Can the wish be granted 🙏🏻 @shankarshanmugh @rajinikanth pic.twitter.com/elHiNoNHUI
— RJ Raunac (@rjraunac) December 5, 2018
Rashmi is India’s very first lip-syncing robot which uses Artificial Intelligence (AI), Linguistic Interpretation (LI), visual data and face recognition systems which enable her to behave and answer queries like a human being.
It looks like hosting a radio show will soon open up a plethora of career options for RJ Robot Rashmi in the dazzling field of showbiz as the show garners attention among all. Here’s to hoping a bright future for Rashmi, one that doesn’t involve a robot takeover of the world.