China Unveils World's First AI News Anchor

Watch this creepy AI anchor talk like a real person

"Xinhua said the new digital presenters "[learn] from live broadcasting videos" by themselves.

This year's iteration, however, which opened on Wednesday, was more muted and has a less glitzy global line-up, even as battle lines for control of the web have hardened amid a biting trade war between China and the United States. Chinese search engine Sogou provided the underlying technology, but it's unclear exactly how these newsreaders were developed.

One of the AI presenters was modeled after real anchor Qiu Hao, who presents the Chinese version of the news, while the one that presents the English version was modeled after news anchor Zhang Zhao.

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"I will work tirelessly to keep you informed as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted", says the presenter in his introductory video.

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.

Beijing, Nov 9 The world's first artificial intelligence (AI) news anchor made "his" debut at the ongoing fifth World Internet Conference in east China's Zhejiang province. These anchors are based on existing flesh-and-blood news staffers, mimicking both their looks and their voice, but are powered by AI text-to-speech and natural language processing technologies, among other bits of AI magic.

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The anchors sport a photo-realistic similarity to real humans with Xinhua claiming its system's machine learning allowed it to speak realistically and sport convincing facial expressions with the "same effect" as humans.

China has got its first ever Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven news anchor, which is designed like a male human anchor. The AI TV anchor is also said to improve efficiency as it can quickly generate breaking news, as opposed to humans. He can work for 24 hours continuously on the news website as well as its social media platform.

The AI anchor has also started presenting news reports.

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