China's State-Run News Unveils Deeply Creepy New AI Anchor

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It's commonplace in video games, and the idea is being transferred to other applications such as this news anchor.

In a separate introductory video, it added it would "work tirelessly to keep you informed as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted".

"He" as he's known, is the world's first artificial news anchor.

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Artificial intelligence technology is becoming more commonly used by news organizations.

China's state-controlled news broadcasters have always been considered somewhat robotic in their daily recitation of pro-government propaganda and a pair of new presenters will do little to dispel that view.

They were created with help by Chinese search engine company Sogou. "I look forward to bringing you brand-new news experiences". Since the AI anchor can work 24 hours a day, Xinhua says that means production costs associated with human anchors can be reduced and efficiency improved. This AI anchor's face and voice has been designed based on the agency's news anchor, Zhang Zhao.

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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.

Both anchors have already been put to work on a handful of distribution channels, like its public WeChat account, the TV webpage, two Weibo accounts, and the network's English and Chinese apps.

Sogou chief executive Wang Xiaochuan, for his part, touted virtual assistants which he said are quickly developing "as an efficient way to solve daily problems". The digital anchors themselves were developed through machine learning and taught to simulate the vocalizations, facial movements, and gestures of real-life broadcasters, so as to present a "a lifelike image instead of a cold robot", according to Xinhua.

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"As an AI news anchor under development, I know that there is a lot for me to improve", the AI-generated anchor says as it signs of its report.

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