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Robotic TV news camera makes its move during a weather report

The anchor doesn't seem to mind one bit.


Selena Larson


Posted on Jun 6, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 3:55 pm CDT

Robots are disrupting our workplace in many ways. In some cases, they’re taking manufacturing jobs. But in the case of Finland’s YLE public news station, a robot physically disrupted the newsroom.

A robotic television camera interrupted meteorologist Toni Hellinen as he was giving Finland its weather forecast. The camera malfunctioned—or thought it deserved a moment in the spotlight—and rolled itself right through Hellinen’s live shot.

To his credit, Hellinen kept his cool, continuing to describe the high-pressure systems moving through the country and not even cracking a smile. This meteorologist is someone you want on your team when the robots begin their takeover.

The 40-second video ends with Hellinen laughing with the news anchors, his arm around the TV camera, petting it like a lovable friend. Perhaps a little affection is all this robot wanted in the first place.

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*First Published: Jun 6, 2015, 12:37 pm CDT