World’s first AI-based news an­chor de­buts in China

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BEI­JING: Xin­hua, China’s state news agency, in­tro­duced to the world, its first Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence (AI)-based news­read­ers who made their de­but at the fifth World In­ter­net Con­fer­ence held in east China’s Zhe­jiang Province.

View­ers here were greeted by a digi­tised ver­sion of a Xin­hua news an­chor named Qiu Hao. Dressed in a pin-striped suit with a red tie the AI-based news an­chor can “ac­com­pany you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.” He said, “I can be end­lessly copied and present at dif­fer­ent scenes to bring you the news.”

The AI tech­nol­ogy was cre­ated by Xin­hua and Chi­nese search engine So­gou and the dig­i­tal an­chors were de­vel­oped through ma­chine learn­ing and taught to sim­u­late the vo­cal­i­sa­tions, facial move­ments, and ges­tures of hu­man broad­cast­ers. “This presents a life-like im­age in­stead of a cold ro­bot,” said Xin­hua.

Xin­hua says that th­ese an­chors may be par­tic­u­larly use­ful for dis­sem­i­nat­ing break­ing news re­ports in time.

Xin­hua says the an­chors may be par­tic­u­larly use­ful for dis­sem­i­nat­ing break­ing news re­ports in time

The digi­tised news an­chor

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