AI news anchor debuts in China

A screengrab from the video posted by Xinhua News Agency featuring an AI TV anchor

"He learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor", reports Chinese state media service Xinhua.

An artificial intelligence (AI) system has been used to synthesise the presenters' voices, lip movements and expressions.

The two AI anchors were first seen in action at the ongoing 2018 World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang.

The anchors are now available through Xinhua's distribution platforms, including its official Chinese and English apps, WeChat public account, online TV webpage, and two Weibo accounts.

"We quite value the relationship we have with the news readers that we get to know over many years", he said.

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Xinhua is boasting that their new artificial intelligence news anchor is a world's first and that "he" is now considered a regular member of the reporting team and, even better, never needs a break.

But Noel Sharkey, emeritus professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, called it a "good first effort".

Anyone who's played Deus Ex: Human Revolution will recall the Picus news agency that used an AI news anchor to propagate propaganda of the comms agency behind the news firm. The AI anchor is said to "reduce news production costs and improve news efficiency". They are based on those of real Xinhua presenters.

The results looks to be a tad mixed, with AI news presenters looking a little stilted and unnatural, though if we were to stumble in late at night after a skinful and turn on Chinese news, we'd probably be duped by the presenter, at least until we sobered up with some fried chicken and a can of coke.

Walsh said China is quickly starting to lead the way in AI development, with the nation investing in the field "in a big way" as they seek economic and military dominance.

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