AI News Anchor Makes Debut In China

Newsroom of the future? Chinese TV unveils unnerving ‘AI anchors

Xinhua News Agency Sogou

In a bold move that's as creepy as it is impressive, China's state-run news agency Xinhua has unveiled its new "AI news anchors" which will be broadcasting across the company's TV and web platforms.

Chinese news readers may have some new competition - artificially intelligent robot anchors that can mimic human facial expressions and mannerisms while reading out reports.

Xinhua news anchor Qiu Hao stands next to an AI virtual news anchor based on him, at a Sogou booth during an expo at the fifth World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen town of Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China November 7, 2018. "Not only can I accompany you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year".

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The creation of the AI news anchor is part of China's efforts to emerge as a high-tech powerhouse by notably becoming the world's leader in AI by 2030.

A screenshot of Xinhua's first English AI anchor. "This is my very first day in Xinhua News Agency".

"They will work with other anchors to bring you authoritative, timely and accurate news information in both Chinese and English".

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"We've already had President Trump say things are fake news when it's been caught on camera and we no longer can trust what we see with our eyes unless you were there in person you cannot trust that it actually happened anymore", Walsh said.

China's state press agency has developed "AI news anchors", avatars of real-life news presenters which read out news as it is typed. First, the inputs need to be fed to the system for the AI anchor to read out news in a human fashion and the second thing is its commitment to work tirelessly. "It's very flat, very single-paced, it's not got rhythm, pace or emphasis", Michael Wooldridge from the University of Oxford told the BBC. It makes sense for news agencies trying to reduce news production costs. Several months ago, Japanese news channel Kodormoroid debuted Erica, who is also powered by artificial intelligence.

"The problem is that it could be very tiresome".

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