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Watch China’s new AI anchor read the news

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Patty Aguilar | 09 November, 2018, 12:42

It's a question for perhaps the not-so-distant future, as China's state news agency unveils its first virtual news anchors.

The world's first Artificial Intelligence TV news anchor resembles a male human anchor and has the voice and facial expressions of a real person.

The robo-presenters were created in collaboration with a search engine company called Sogou.

The agency says that each of these artificially intelligent anchors can work 24×7 for the website and thus reduce news production costs by improving efficiency.

"Xinhua said the new digital presenters "[learn] from live broadcasting videos" by themselves.

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There are actually a couple of AI Synthetic Anchors: One is a clone of the Xinhua News Agency's Hao Qiu and delivers the news in Mandarin; the other is modeled on Xinhua newscaster Zhang Zhao and performs in English. "Together with other anchors, they will bring you authoritative, timely and accurate news information in Chinese and English". Since it's an AI anchor, news is read out in a very monotonous manner with no expressions in between.

Riddle me this: if the robots do wage war, will the artificially intelligent newsreaders tell us?

THE RISE OF THE MACHINES will be televised if China's artificial intelligence (AI) news presenter is anything to go by. In a country where the press is heavily censored, one wonders if China has more ambitious plans to roll out more virtual news anchors, replacing human ones who might not always toe the party line.

He also pointed out that human news presenters have traditionally - in many cases - become highly trusted public figures.

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.

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