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

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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.


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China's state news agency Xinhua this week introduced the newest members of its newsroom: AI anchors who will report "tirelessly" all day every day, from anywhere in the country. Chinese viewers were greeted with a digital version of a regular Xinhua news anchor named Qiu Hao. The anchor, wearing a red tie and pin-striped suit, nods his head in emphasis, blinking and raising his eyebrows slightly. "Not only can I accompany you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I can be endlessly copied and present at different scenes to bring you the news," he says.


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China's state-run media Xinhua and Beijing-based search engine Sogou debuted two "AI composite anchors" -- one each for English and Chinese viewers -- at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen Wednesday. The AI are "cloned" from real-life anchors, according to Xinhua's report, sporting the same faces and voices. The program extracts and combines the features of human anchors from videos of their reporting, using their speech, lip movements and facial expressions. But there's one difference: While human anchors work eight hours everyday, their AI clones can report news tirelessly 24/7. "AI anchors have officially become members of Xinhua's reporting team," the publication said in its report, adding, "Together with other anchors, they will bring you authoritative, timely and accurate news information in Chinese and English."


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.


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China's state-owned Xinhua News Agency introduced so-called "composite anchors" on Wednesday, combining the images and voices of human anchors with artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The new AI anchors, launched by Xinhua and Beijing-based search engine operator Sogou during the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, can deliver the news with "the same effect" as human anchors because the machine learning programme is able to synthesise realistic-looking speech, lip movements and facial expressions, according to a Xinhua news report on Wednesday. "AI anchors have officially become members of the Xinhua News Agency reporting team. They will work with other anchors to bring you authoritative, timely and accurate news information in both Chinese and English," Xinhua said. The AI anchors are now available throughout Xinhua's internet and mobile platforms such as its official Chinese and English apps, WeChat public account, and online TV webpage.