China debuts world's first AI news presenter

China’s AI news anchor introduces himself and presents news reports

China’s AI news anchor introduces himself and presents news reports

It's a question for perhaps the not-so-distant future, as China's state news agency unveils its first virtual news anchors.

China's state-run press agency, Xinhua, has unveiled what it claims are the world's first news anchors generated by artificial intelligence.

Xinhua News' English Twitter already shows the English-speaking AI anchor in action, covering stories about a museum exhibition at the World Internet Conference and China's plans to launch a Mars exploration in 2020.

"The development of the media industry calls for continuous innovation and deep integration with the worldwide advanced technologies", the newsperson said. "I look forward to the opportunity to meet new news", said the presenter in his debut video.

"Before we go, I'd like to send my good wishes to all of the journalists across the country. I can be endlessly copied and present at different scenes to bring you the news", he says.

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With respect to the concern about the growing Artificial Intelligence industry, including both the unintended discrimination and loss of jobs.

The anchor, modeled on real-life Chinese news reader Qiu Hao and sporting a black suit and red tie, is part of a major push by China to advance its prowess in AI technology, from surveillance equipment to self-driving cars. It's not hard to see how this type of technology could be used to create entirely realistic AI news anchors at some point in the near future.

"AI anchors have officially become members of Xinhua's reporting team", the report said.

Though truly a technological marvel, these AI anchors do have some limitations, like limited range of facial expressions and artificial voice.

The digital anchors can be programmed to read news faster than the traditional CGI techniques that are used. There is a Chinese version of this AI news anchor as well. His voice, facial expressions, and actions were that of a real person. The English speaking intelligence anchor introduced himself by reading out a script before the camera. And compared to a trusted human news anchor, he says that "if you're just looking at animation you've completely lost that connection to an anchor".

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