World’s first AI news anchor unveiled in China

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China has introduced world’s first Artificial Intelligence news reporter in Xinhua, the state news channel.

Artificial Intelligence news anchor will not only read the news with human-like expressions but is also capable of delivering information in different ways. The robot is modeled after a real person who is an anchor in the same news agency.

Xinhua also presented an English-speaking AI, based on another presenter, who adds: “The development of the media industry calls for continuous innovation and deep integration with the international advanced technologies … I look forward to bringing you brand new news experiences.”

Developed by Xinhua and the Chinese search engine, Sogou, the anchors were developed through machine learning to simulate the voice, facial movements, and gestures of real-life broadcasters, to present a “a lifelike image instead of a cold robot,” according to Xinhua.