China’s ro­bot an­chors:

Dis­cov­ery

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Di Grassi

Hawk­ing

Chi­nese news read­ers may have some new com­pe­ti­tion – ar­ti­fi­cially in­tel­li­gent ro­bot an­chors that can mimic hu­man fa­cial ex­pres­sions and man­ner­isms while read­ing out re­ports.

The AI an­chor, de­vel­oped by state news agency Xin­hua and tech firm So­gou Inc, was on dis­play at the World In­ter­net Con­fer­ence in the eastern Chi­nese town of Wuzhen, draw­ing in cu­ri­ous passers-by.

The an­chor, mod­elled on real-life Chi­nese news reader Qiu Hao and sport­ing a black suit and red tie, is part of a ma­jor push by China to ad­vance its prow­ess in AI tech­nol­ogy, from sur­veil­lance equip­ment to self-driv­ing cars. (AFP)

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