Russia's High-Tech Robot Is Just a Man in a Suit


The news agency, MBKh Media, later appeared to show an actor in the robot suit just before the forum, which was held about 150 miles outside of Moscow.

A Russian state television channel has been left red-faced after filming a showcase of a pioneering robot which turned out to be a man in a suit.

A robot shown off on Russian TV stunned an audience of schoolchildren with abilities including dancing, walking, talking and solving maths problems. BBC reports that in a pic shared on social media, the person's neck was visible from inside the robot costume.

Forum organizers have said they used Boris to enliven the event, having him dance to a pop song, and they insist there was never any attempt to deceive people into thinking it was actually a robot.

Online Russian news outlet TJournal noted the lack of sensors, human-like movements and other discrepancies. For starters, he was nearly perfectly human-shaped and didn't have any external sensors. According to The Guardian, the "Alyosha the Robot" costume retails for about $3,800.

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On the website of the company behind the robot, it is described as being able to create "an nearly complete illusion that you have a real robot".

'Especially as at the forum they have the opportunity to look at the most modern robots'. On Wednesday morning, the television report was removed from Russia-24's YouTube channel but was uploaded again by early afternoon.

If this robot is what Russian Federation 24 reported, it would be an astonishing advance in robotics and a huge leap into the uncanny valley.

When approached for comment by the Guardian for comment the organizers claimed the show was not meant to trick people into believing Boris was a robot but rather that it was a "fun" way to generate interest in Stem fields.