Watch China’s new AI anchor read the news

A screengrab from the video posted by Xinhua News Agency featuring an AI TV anchor

In a major development in the media and communication Industry, China's state-run news agency Xinhua has introduced Artificial Intelligence (AI) anchors to the world, media reported on Friday.

The anchors debuted during China's annual World Internet Conference, which is pitched as the country's very own Davos for technology and futurism, and provide a showcase for China's future plans, whether for the internet or just technology of the future. Well, one might not find anything different at the first glance, but if one looks closely, you will see that there is something different with this particular news presenter. This also means that, for the first time ever, news anchor's jobs are at risk. The two virtual anchors, one for the Chinese language and one for the English language, combine the images and voices of real human anchors with artificial intelligence. The AI also took the opportunity to highlight how the revolution of the media industry needs innovation and deep integration of technology.

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

The World Internet Conference is an annual event meant to promote China as the world's leader in technology and artificial intelligence.




News anchors, beware. The robots are coming for your jobs, too.China's state news agency has debuted a virtual anchor created to be able to deliver the news 24 hours a day.

Xinhua further says that the AI anchor has already become a member of the agency's reporting team. Some disagree about whether the technology appears natural. South China Morning Post suggests it could save networks money in news anchor salaries, and even "one day challenge the human variety". Pay close attention to the AI Anchor, you'll notice that its face has a limited range for facial expressions. "I look forward to bringing you the brand new news experiences", the English-speaking AI anchor added.

The AI anchors are capable to work 24 hours a day. Since it's an AI anchor, news is read out in a very monotonous manner with no expressions in between.

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