China demonstrated a technological leap when it broadcasted the world's first artificial intelligence (AI) news anchor at the World Conference in east China's Zhejiang Province. The anchor was on Xinhua News Agency 's channel.
"Hello, you are watching English news program, I'm AI News anchor," said the new joinee of the agency's team.
In a separate introductory video, it added it would "work tirelessly to keep you informed as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted".
The AI news anchor was created by Xinhua News Agency, China's state-run media and Chinese search engine company Sogou.com.
The AI anchor modelled on a male figure has voice, facial expressions and action of a real human being. The English news presenter was modelled on Zhang Zhao while the Chinese presenter is a look-alike of fellow Xinhua presenter Qiu Hao.
“The development of the media industry calls for continuous innovation and deep integration with the international advanced technologies,” he said.
“I’ll work tirelessly to keep you informed as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted. I look forward to bringing you the brand new news experiences.”
The AI anchors use machine learning to synthesise realistic speech, lip movements and facial expressions in order to emulate humans.
The anchor has become a part of a reporting team and can work for 24 hours for its official website and social media platforms. The anchors are live across Xinhua’s internet and social media platforms and apps in the country.
Popular anchors in China are paid a whooping salary and the AI anchors are said to lower the costs and also improved efficiency
AI is a part of computer science which focuses on creating super-intelligent robots with the capability of imitating humans.
China has set its eyes to become a world leader in AI technology by 2030 to revamp itself as a high-tech powerhouse and distance itself from cheap manufactured goods