News anchor debuts in China

News anchor debuts in China

There were two virtual news anchors that were introduced at the fifth World Internet Conference in China's Zhejiang province can read English and Mandarin.

It was done in partnership with the Chinese search-engine company, Sogou.com, according to the company.

"I look forward to bringing you the brand new news experiences". It is noted that the Chinese version master another person. Xinhua said the AI learned the rope of news delivery by watching live coverage of other real anchors.

"The development of the media industry calls for continuous innovation and deep integration with the worldwide advanced technologies", the newsperson said.

In the launching video during the World Internet Conference, the AI said his voice and appearance were designed after Zhang Zao, a real-life news anchor in Xinhua.




A Chinese speaking "artificial intelligence" anchor has also been unveiled, with a different face. These anchors are based on existing flesh-and-blood news staffers, mimicking both their looks and their voice, but are powered by AI text-to-speech and natural language processing technologies, among other bits of AI magic.

The newest members of Xinhua's newsroom are AI anchors who will report "tirelessly" all day every day, from anywhere in the country. The highest paid news anchor, CNN's Anderson Cooper, is reportedly paid US$100 million a year, while Diane Sawyer at ABC and Sean Hannity at Fox News earn US$80 million each. Some disagree about whether the technology appears natural. "Reading between the lines, that would suggest there's potential for the AI news readers to push their human counterparts out of their jobs", claimed the Inquirer's Roland Moore-Colyer. The anchors can appear to be a bit wooden and some of the facial expressions are not quite right, but hey, nobody is ideal on their first day.

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.

Potentially able to work 24 hours a day - provided there is an editor there to feed through text - the new technology may help to cut down on production costs and deliver breaking news in a more timely manner.

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