A human-like AI anchor is now reading the news

A human-like AI anchor is now reading the news

The AI news anchor made its debut at the Fifth World Internet Conference in China's Zhejiang province.

In the video, the computer-generated "person" tells listeners, "the development of the media industry calls for continuous innovation and deep integration with the worldwide advanced technologies". "I look forward to bringing you brand new news experiences".

The so-called "Artificial Intelligence Anchor" was developed by Xinhua in conjunction with Chinese search engine Sogou.com and is based on images of real, human news presenters, Xinhua reports.

The video of said AI Anchor has been placed on YouTube via the New China TV channel and offers a possible glimpse into what the future of TV journalism could look like in the Asian country.

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


Its creators used sophisticated artificial intelligence and machine learning to give it human-like attributes - blinking of eyes, raising of eyebrows and lip synchronisation.

"Hello, you are watching English news program, I'm AI News anchor", the English speaking reader said at the beginning of its first broadcast. The AI TV anchor is also believed to be more efficient as it is claimed to have the ability to quickly generate breaking news, "something humans can't do". That, and the obviously non-human and robotic voice that sounds very much like a Chinese version of the male voice heard on Google Translate.

Xinhua reported these anchors have already joined the news reporting team. Some disagree about whether the technology appears natural.

"A more immediately worrying aspect is that virtual news readers could be yet another step down the route of delivering fake news and propaganda", continued Moore-Colyer.

The Chinese have created a virtual news-reader - a digitally created persona with chilling similarity to a human - that presents bulletins without breaks, stress or a salary. He said, "I can be endlessly copied and present at different scenes to bring you the news".

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