Watch China's 'AI News Anchor' Make an Eerie Debut

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Celebrity anchors in China are generally paid a lot less because they work for state-run TV stations but they often earn extra money from product endorsements and book sales.

China's Xinhua news agency and Beijing-based search engine Sogou unveiled the latest innovation in the constantly growing artificial intelligence (AI) field.

The AI anchor, which made its debut at the fifth World Internet Conference that was recently held in Zhejiang, was modeled after a real-life news anchor for Xinhua, Zhang Zhao, according to the video.

Xinhua also presented an English-speaking AI, based on another presenter, who adds: "The development of the media industry calls for continuous innovation and deep integration with the worldwide advanced technologies ..."

"I will work tirelessly to keep you informed, as the text will be entered into my database without interruption. I look forward to bringing you brand new news experiences".

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"Before we go, I'd like to send my good wishes to all of the journalists across the country".

At the internet summit, Sogou marketing staff said it wasn't clear when the technology would actually go into use, but crowds gathered nonetheless to take selfies with the digital anchor and Qiu himself who was at the event.

Xinhua, China's state news agency, has just revealed new additions to its team: digitally reconstructed television news anchors powered by artificial intelligence (AI) technology. "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. While some commented on the AI's lack of facial expressions and toneless delivery, others were more forgiving and more open to the idea of a virtual news presenter.

The Chinese Agency said that "virtual speakers" can be especially useful for the timely distribution of breaking news. He can work for 24 hours continuously on the news website as well as its social media platform. Some disagree about whether the technology appears natural. Pay close attention to the AI Anchor, you'll notice that its face has a limited range for facial expressions.

The AI anchor isn't the only instance of a virtual human making its way into the real world. "Consumers are already so wary of fake news and a robotic version only enhances that level of mistrust".

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