First vir­tual news an­chors un­veiled

The Citizen (KZN) - - WORLD - Shang­hai

– China’s state-con­trolled news broad­cast­ers have long been con­sid­ered some­what ro­botic in their daily recita­tion of pro-gov­ern­ment pro­pa­ganda and a pair of new pre­sen­ters will do lit­tle to dis­pel that view.

Call­ing it a “world first”, Xin­hua news agency this week de­buted a pair of vir­tual news an­chors amid a state-di­rected em­brace of ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies such as ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

Based on the ap­pear­ances of two flesh-and-blood Chi­nese news pre­sen­ters, the com­put­erised avatars read out text that is fed into their sys­tem.– AFP

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