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Japan academics sorry for journal cover showing 'robot' cleaning woman

Published on Jan 10, 2014 12:53 PM
 

TOKYO (AFP) - A Japanese academic society has apologised for the front cover of their journal, which used a drawing of a cleaning woman with a cable in her back to depict the idea of artificial intelligence.

The Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI) was hoping to make "Jinkou Chinou (Artificial Intelligence)" more appealing to potential readers with a cover illustration on the first edition of the new year.

Out went the dense tracts of text and complicated diagrams that have adorned the front for the last few decades, and in came an attractive, doe-eyed young woman holding a sweeping brush and with a thick cable plugged into her back.

A red-faced JSAI admitted on Thursday that its attempt to popularise its small-circulation magazine may have misfired and apologised for any offence it had caused.

 
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