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China’s state news agency has created a robot that can replace television news anchors. It is the world’s first artificial intelligence Chinese AI Anchor.
The agency is using the anchor simulations to “reduce news production costs and improve efficiency”. It was debuted at a conference in China last week.
Xinhua introduced two AI anchors, one for English broadcasts and the other for Chinese, both of which are based on images of the agency’s real newscasters, Zhang Zhao and Qiu Hao respectively.
“Hello, you are watching English news program. I am AI news anchor in Beijing,” the computer-generated host announced in a robotic voice at that start of its English-language broadcast.
According to www.travelandleisure.com [The network says that the robot “learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor.” The term “naturally” is up for interpretation. While the AI may be able to read off a teleprompter with the best of the anchors, there’s something eerie about a robotic voice relaying the news without any emotion in its voice].
“I’m happy to start my new work on the winter solstice,” said “XiaoIce” during her debut on Tuesday morning.
Xinhua indicates that the chinese AI anchor is the first of its kind, but it’s not the first time that Chinese media have dabbled with artificial intelligence. In 2015, Dragon TV, a station in China, used a Microsoft robot named XiaoIce to deliver the weather forecast in a “cute” female voice.
We suggest you to watch the video! Here the Anchor introduces himself and how he works.
In this video below English Artificial Intelligence Anchor presents CIIE news reports. Xinhua AI anchor, launched on Wednesday, starts presenting news reports from Thursday. In this program, he takes you to have a look at what a Panama official and the Chinese businessman Jack Ma say about the ongoing #CIIE.
Source: Text; www.xinhuanet.com, www.travelandleisure.com
Image Credit; www.voanews.com
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