China's state news agency debuts 'AI anchor'

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At the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China, the country’s state-run news agency, Xinhua, unveiled the “world’s first AI news anchor,” which was created in collaboration with local search engine company Sogou.

The South China Morning Post reports that the two anchors—one for English broadcasts and one for Chinese-language announcements—combine the images and voices of human anchors with artificial intelligence (AI) technology, mixing their speech, lip movements, and facial expressions. While the voice clearly sounds robotic, and the facial expressions leave a lot to be desired, these will likely become more human-like in future iterations.

“AI anchors have officially become members of the Xinhua News Agency reporting team. They will work with other anchors to bring you authoritative, timely and accurate news information in both Chinese and English,” Xinhua said.

The anchors are now available through Xinhua’s distribution platforms, including its official Chinese and English apps, WeChat public account, online TV webpage, and two Weibo accounts.

Xinhua says that the technology has “endless prospects” as it would reduce the cost of producing TV news reports and the digital anchors can work 24 hours a day. It’s hard to imagine these AI news readers ever replacing the likes of Anderson Cooper, but in a world of virtual celebrities and Deepfakes videos, who knows for certain what the future might hold.

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p51d007

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The deep state, socialist, alt-right, commies and other "my way or the highway" types WOULD LOVE this!
You can spoon feed anything you want, don't have to worry about the reporter going off key, and the sheeple on the left or right will eat it up.
 
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Uncle Al

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Unfortunately the track record for China vs. Truth makes anything they say highly doubtful. Sort of like all the hype that Russia puts out about their "newest weapons" despite they have so much trouble keeping them operational, much less actually doing what they say. The only good thing about China is that their current price wars might cause the end to Walmart ..... wow, a win/win!
 

mrjgriffin

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Well ladies if your panties weren't bone dry before, watch this guy. I wonder what high school locker they pulled that dweeb out of :')
 

wiyosaya

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This takes "state news" to a new level. I wonder if those in China have any choice. I can imagine that not all that many would tune in to this.