Goodbye humans, China gets a virtual TV news anchor

Goodbye humans, China gets a virtual TV news anchor

China's state news agency, Xinhua, announced on Thursday, that the anchor is an official member of its reporting team, during the fifth World Internet Conference. Since the AI anchor can work 24 hours a day, Xinhua says that means production costs associated with human anchors can be reduced and efficiency improved.

The AI's looks are closely modelled on a real news anchor, and its lips are matched to frame each word that is programmed to come out of its mouth.

According to the South China Morning Post, Xinhua has created two anchors (one for English and the other for Chinese broadcast) in collaboration with a local search engine company Sogou.

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

Anyone who's played Deus Ex: Human Revolution will recall the Picus news agency that used an AI news anchor to propagate propaganda of the comms agency behind the news firm.

The impact of this AI technology has already been felt in the media landscape. That's because you're not looking at a real person.

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One would imagine that TV news anchors, for example, wouldn't be threatened by advancing technology, but it seems that might not be the case.

But in the face of this possible reality, he admits the public may not buy into it wholeheartedly.

The agency points out that they may be particularly useful for disseminating breaking news reports in a timely manner.

"We will see it improve over time".

Walsh said China is quickly starting to lead the way in AI development, with the nation investing in the field "in a big way" as they seek economic and military dominance. AI has even given human creativity a crack, with a portrait of Edmond de Belamy painted using AI selling for $610,000 at auction in October.

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