Chatty robots welcome president
Two robots developed in Anhui province greeted President Xi Jinping during his visit this week to an advanced technology research institute in Hefei, the capital of Anhui.
The two robots, which were jointly developed by a local company and the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, talked to Xi on Tuesday when he inspected achievements in technology innovation in the province.
“Hello, Mr President. I am Xiao Man. We have been looking forward to your visit,” one robot said.
“I’m very happy to see you, dear President. I wish you happiness every day,” said the other robot, named Jia Jia.
During his visit to the university’s Institute of Advanced Technology, Xi praised technicians’ work on innovation and said the country must rely on innovation to boost high-end manufacturing, since China has entered the new normal phase.