Russian region’s budget delivered by robot. In a suit!

Some robots can play guitar and drums, like these guys. Their Russian colleague can only deliver budget like a true official

Some robots can play guitar and drums, like these guys. Their Russian colleague can only deliver budget like a true official

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The governor of the Leningrad Region (near St. Petersburg), Alexander Drozdenko, is forward thinking – or at least that’s how he wants to be perceived. To demonstrate this he enlisted the help of a robot during a meeting with the chairman of the region’s legislative assembly, Sergey Bebenin. The android was dressed in a suit and had dreadlock-like wires sticking out of its head.

“This year we wanted to transfer the budget documents to you not only by web but also with a special envoy!” Drozdenko said. The robot had the region’s budget uploaded into its memory and correctly answered Bebenin’s questions about financial figures.

(The robot appears on 1:22)

Both officials seemed pretty happy. Though it remains unclear if the robot can do anything apart from telling figures (which, to be fair, a simple computer program could do as well) and being so fancy. 

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