Hollywood First
Source:  Erica - Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories

RoboStar Erica
This is a movie first.  The lead actress in a big budget, $70 million science fiction movie is a robot named Erica.  Erica is loaded with artificial intelligence and was specifically created for this movie which is titled "b".  Four production companies are teaming up to make the movie - Life Entertainment, Bondit Capital Media, Happy Moon Productions and Ten Ten Global Media.  This movie is being shot at a time when most movie productions and many television productions are shut down because of concerns about COVID-19.

World-Class Robotics
Erica is an Intelligent Robot created by Japanese robotic scientists Hiroshi Ishiguro and Kohei Ogawas.  She debuted in 2015, but the roboticists had to recreate Erica the actress from scratch.  According to Ogawas: "We had to simulate her motions and emotions through one-on-one sessions, such as controlling the speed of her movements, talking her through her feelings and coaching character development and body language."

In the movie, Erica the robot is trapped in a lab until a scientist discovers her and helps her to escape.  The movie "b" will debuted in theatres in late summer/fall 2021.

Robot Information Source
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