Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Chinese state media debuts 'AI' news anchors

Chinese state media debuts 'AI' news anchors

Xinhua News (Xinhua) argue that leading "can read the texts as naturally as a professional speaker".

At the internet summit, Sogou marketing staff said it wasn't clear when the technology would actually go into use, but crowds gathered nonetheless to take selfies with the digital anchor and Qiu himself who was at the event. They are developed jointly by Chinese Search Engine Sogou and Xinhua.

China's state press agency has developed what it calls "AI news anchors", avatars of real-life news presenters that read out news as it is typed.

China's Xinhua news agency on Thursday unveiled the world's first artificial intelligence anchor that can read news in English and Chinese.

"I will work tirelessly to keep you informed, as the text will be entered into my database without interruption".

Cost-efficient: The AI has the ability to work 24 hours with the same competence, thereby reducing the cost of daily TV news report.

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The AI newsreaders made their debut at the fifth World Internet Conference in east China's Zhejiang Province.

"Apparently, news anchors have to lose their jobs", said another.China operates one of the most aggressive media censorship regimes in the world and has tightened restrictions on domestic and foreign news outlets under President Xi Jinping. "My voice and appearance are modelled on Zhang Zhao, a real anchor with Xinhua".

"I am AI news anchor in Beijing", the computer-generated host announced in a robotic voice at that start of its English-language broadcast.

"China stands ready to safeguard the sound order of cyberspace."According to Xinhua, the AI technology is not limited to news presenting". It has worked 24 hours a day reporting Xinhua their news.

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.

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