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Is this the future of broadcasting? China unveils AI anchors based on their human presenters

Daily Mail - Science & tech

China's state-run press agency has welcomed two additions to its team of journalists - two news presenters powered by artificial intelligence (AI). Dressed in suit and tie, the AI newsreaders can'learn from live broadcast videos and read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor', according to Xinhua. The digital doppelgangers were modelled after the agency's journalists, English-language anchor Zhang Zhao and his Chinese-language counterpart Qiu Hao, and were jointly developed by Xinhua and search engine company Sogou.com. Tell the difference: China's state-run press agency Xinhua unveiled its first AI anchor (right) based on one of this human presenters Qiu Hao (left) The AI anchors were jointly developed by Xinhua and search engine company Sogou.com The two AI anchors were first seen in action at the ongoing 2018 World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang.


Xinhua unveils first female AI anchor modelled after human presenter

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China's state-run press agency has welcomed its first female AI anchor who will join its growing team of virtual presenters. The female AI newsreader will make her professional debut during the upcoming meetings of the country's national legislature and top political advisory body in March, according to Xinhua at a press conference on Tuesday. Modelled after the agency's flesh-and-blood journalist Qu Meng, the AI newsreader was jointly developed by Xinhua and search engine company Sogou.com China's state-run press agency Xinhua on Tuesday unveiled its first female AI anchor, Xin Xiaomeng, who will join its growing team of virtual presenters The female AI anchor is modelled after agency's flesh-and-blood journalist Qu Meng. 'Hello everyone, I am the world's first female AI presenter developed by Xinhua News Agency and Sougu.


Oscars will have no host, publicist says

FOX News

The Oscars is officially host-less. For the first time in decades, Hollywood's biggest night will have no official presenter, a publicist with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed to Fox News on Monday night. Actor and comedian Kevin Hart was announced in December as the host of 91st Academy Awards, but stepped down after homophobic tweets and comments he made in the past resurfaced online. Hart initially said he wouldn't step down from his role and claimed that the controversy stemmed from people "looking for reasons to be negative" and "angry." The "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" star later announced he would not be hosting the show.


Gone bananas: China bans 'erotic' eating of the fruit on live streams

The Guardian

China has reportedly outlawed the "erotic" online consumption of bananas after the president, Xi Jinping, called for steps to "rehabilitate" his country's "cyber-ecology". Speaking at a Communist party summit last year, Xi said action was needed to promote "civilised behaviour" on China's already heavily controlled internet. That clean-up has now claimed an unlikely, potassium-rich victim, according to domestic media reports. Beijing-controlled broadcaster CCTV said authorities had barred live-streaming platforms from airing videos in which bananas are "seductively" consumed by young female presenters. CCTV said the move was part of a wider attempt to rein in online content deemed too vulgar, too violent or too sexual.


Data Innovation Summit 2017

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The Data Innovation Summit brings data professionals under one roof for one day of inspiring and insightful presentations, interactive discussions, workshops, demos and much more. As a follow up to the summit, Hyperight will organize seminars throughout the year to support in-depth learning and additional knowledge sharing. The Data Innovation Summit at glance Innovation Stage: The Innovation Stage will focus on clear examples of Data Innovation and its impact to the business and society. This will give the speakers an opportunity to directly dive into the topic and focus on the key learning points. Prior to the event, the delegates will have the chance to learn more about the presenters and their sessions, here, on this website and through the official event app.