World's first AI news anchor debuts in China

China’s AI news anchor introduces himself and presents news reports

China's state-run press agency, Xinhua, recently unveiled its new "AI Anchor".

China's state-owned news agency, Xinhua, launched what it claims to be the world's first news anchor with artificial intelligence.

The broadcasters debuted "English AI Anchor" on Thursday at the World Internet Conference in China. The AI also took the opportunity to highlight how the revolution of the media industry needs innovation and deep integration of technology.

"Before we go, I'd like to send my good wishes to all of the journalists across the country". He (yes, the AI news anchor) can collect data and learn to develop.

The developments came after China published its "Next Generation Artificial Intelligence (AI) Development Plan" previous year, which stipulates that the country should ultimately become the world leader in AI by 2030.

The agency says that each of these artificially intelligent anchors can work 24×7 for the website and thus reduce news production costs by improving efficiency. Along with the relevant news text that gets typed into its system.

The Chinese have created a virtual news-reader - a digitally created persona with chilling similarity to a human - that presents bulletins without breaks, stress or a salary. "This is my very first day at Xinhua news Agency", - says in English, "leading" the video.

"China stands ready to safeguard the sound order of cyberspace."According to Xinhua, the AI technology is not limited to news presenting".

The AI's looks are closely modelled on a real news anchor, and its lips are matched to frame each word that is programmed to come out of its mouth. Some disagree about whether the technology appears natural. The English speaking intelligence anchor introduced himself by reading out a script before the camera. This also means that, for the first time ever, news anchor's jobs are at risk.

The project's achievement was a "breakthrough in the field of global AI synthesis", said Xinhua, as it becomes a pioneer in the synthesis of real-time audio and video of AI-created anchors in the news field, as SCMP reported.

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