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China's state news agency debuts 'AI anchor'

By midian182 · 10 replies
Nov 8, 2018
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  1. 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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  2. kombu

    kombu TS Addict Posts: 86   +178

    No, I get it, they must be short on people.
  3. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,397   +303

    With state censorship, all their tv news personalities are AI
    FPSChris, Julio Franco, mosu and 2 others like this.
  4. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,927   +1,197

    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.
    Reehahs likes this.
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,255   +3,669

    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!
  6. BSim500

    BSim500 TS Evangelist Posts: 602   +1,211

    "This is Eliza Cassan reporting to you from Picus TV, Beijing..."

    Yeah, I've already played DX:HR. It didn't end well...
    Evernessince and Capaill like this.
  7. seeprime

    seeprime TS Guru Posts: 376   +405

    I'm waiting for a "Max Headroom" type glitch. That should freak people out a bit.
    D3z4R1, wiyosaya and erickmendes like this.
  8. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +163

    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 :')
  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,825   +2,174

    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.
  10. Now there are no problems lying with a straight face...
  11. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,902   +3,346

    A job that shouldn't be automated. Literally a propaganda machine.

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