Watch China’s new AI anchor read the news

09 November, 2018, 02:42 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • China’s AI news anchor introduces himself and presents news reports

But Xinhua appears to know that the anchor is a work in progress, as the AI's sign-off message on its first report emphasized.

Xinhua's AI anchors are doing their thing on selected distribution channels including the news agency's English and Chinese apps, WeChat public account, TV webpage, and two Weibo accounts.

China's state-run Xinhua News Agency unveiled a deeply creepy artificial intelligence news anchor on Wednesday at the government's World Internet Conference tech expo.

"I look forward to bringing you the brand new news experiences".

According to the, an English-language anchor and a Chinese-language anchor were created by Xinhua in partnership with local Beijing search engine company Sogou.

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"He has become a member of (our) reporting team and can work 24 hours a day on (our) official website and various social media platforms, reducing news production costs and improving efficiency", reports Xinhua. The programme has been made in English and Chinese.

A more immediately worrying aspect is that virtual news readers could be yet another step down the route of delivering fake news and propaganda. I prefer real human presenters, ' another said. It's very flat, very single-paced, it's not got rhythm, pace or emphasis.

Newsrooms have increasingly implemented AI technology in recent years, with outlets including The Washington Post using AI to write short reports on such topics as the outcome of sporting events or to send news alerts.

"If you're just looking at animation you've completely lost that connection to an anchor", he said.

It was a "good first effort", however, said Noel Sharkey, emeritus professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield.

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