Chinese news agency Xinhua’s first English Artificial Intelligence news anchor makes debut

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The TV anchor has just joined a China News agency, but with some twist, that it is not a human.

Sogou's "AI Synthetic Anchor", showcased the firm's advanced voice and video synthesis technology at the 5th World Internet Conference kicked off in Wuzhen, Zhejiang, China.

More specifically state-run press agency, Xinhua, has used machine learning and CGI to create a virtual presenter to deliver news reports.

The Chinese agency also introduced the Anglosphere to an an English-speaking AI, based on another presenter, who said: "The development of the media industry calls for continuous innovation and deep integration with the worldwide advanced technologies ... I can be endlessly copied and present at different scenes to bring you the news", he says.

"Before we go, I'd like to send my good wishes to all of the journalists across the country".

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"I am AI news anchor in Beijing", the computer-generated host announced in a robotic voice at that start of its English-language broadcast. "They will work with other anchors to bring you authoritative, timely and accurate news information in both Chinese and English", Xinhua told the South China Morning Post. Along with the relevant news text that gets typed into its system. According to The Verge, Xinhua "has used footage of human anchors as a base layer, and then animated parts of the mouth and face to turn the speaker into a virtual puppet".

Xinhua has already added the AI new presenter to the agency's reporting team through which it is planning on cutting down production costs and improving efficiency in the disemmination of news. But this technology has its limitations. This version can read the news, uninterrupted, 24/7.

Xinhua said that the anchor was developed by simulating the voice, mannerism and facial expressions of the real anchor so that it did not appear like a robot.

"Apparently, news anchors have to lose their jobs", said another.China operates one of the most aggressive media censorship regimes in the world and has tightened restrictions on domestic and foreign news outlets under President Xi Jinping.

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