AI news anchor debuts in China


The world's first Artificial Intelligence TV news anchor resembles a male human anchor and has the voice and facial expressions of a real person.

The English-speaking "artificial intelligence" anchor for China's Xinhua News Agency made its debut at the fifth World Internet Conference in east China's Zhejiang Province - which began Wednesday and runs until Friday.

Xinhua said the anchors are available to work 24 hours a day on its official website and various social media platforms.

"Hello, you are watching English news programme", says the English-speaking presenter at the start of his first report.

"Hello, everyone. I'm an English artificial intelligence anchor".

The robo-presenters were created in collaboration with a search engine company called Sogou. The AI news anchor also assures that he will "work tirelessly" and read out news without any interruptions.

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"Honestly, it's much better and more impressive than I expected, however there is no natural cadence in his delivery and that contributes to a lack of authenticity".

"I look forward to bringing you the brand new news experiences".

Newsrooms have increasingly implemented AI technology in recent years, with outlets including The Washington Post using AI to write short reports on such topics as the outcome of sporting events or to send news alerts.

But in the face of this possible reality, he admits the public may not buy into it wholeheartedly. Since it's an AI anchor, news is read out in a very monotonous manner with no expressions in between.

"We will see it improve over time".

Elsewhere, the technology is making its presence felt across several professions, from medicine to transport. The virtual newsreader donning a sharp suit is basically a collection of digital composites created from videos of real human hosts.

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