This news anchor is actually an AI-powered robot

Newsroom of the future? Chinese TV unveils unnerving ‘AI anchors

Xinhua News Agency Sogou

Xinhua's first English AI anchor introduces himself as what he is and what his capabilities are.

In any case, with the onslaught of AI beings slowly finding their way into the mainstream occupation, it isn't hard to imagine that AI anchors could become more than just a novelty.

Xinhua, China's state-run press agency, has created two virtual "composite anchors" that use artificial intelligence to read the news, the South China Morning Post reports.

The AI anchor has also started presenting news reports.

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"I will work tirelessly to keep you informed as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted", says the presenter in an introductory video.

"We've already had President Trump say things are fake news when it's been caught on camera and we no longer can trust what we see with our eyes unless you were there in person you cannot trust that it actually happened anymore", Walsh said. Both the English and Mandarin news reading AI anchors are available across Xinhua's internet and mobile platforms, which includes its Mandarin and English apps as well as online TV webpage.

Xinhua worked together with the Chinese search engine Sogou to extract human speech, lip movements and expressions from other anchors, the agency said.

Xinhua used the footage of human anchors as the base layer and then animated the facial features to make it a talking AI.

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Xinhua didn't immediately return HuffPost's request for comment on what its long-term plans are for the AI anchor or what it means for the news agency's staff, including the actual human presenter it's modeled after.

"AI anchors have officially become members of the Xinhua News Agency reporting team".

"It's quite hard to watch for more than a few minutes". It's very flat, very single-paced, it's not got rhythm, pace or emphasis.

Noel Sharkey, emeritus professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, said it was a good effort, but it could be very tiresome even if it improves over time.

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