The world’s first AI anchor has been unveiled by Xinhua on November 8. The news anchor who is jointly developed by 'Xinhua News Agency' and Chinese search engine company 'Sogou.com', made his debut at the ongoing fifth World Internet Conference in east China's Zhejiang Province. He can read news in English and Chinese.
The AI anchor, who takes the form and shape of a human being have minimal facial expressions and lip movements that look quite realistic, reads out the news stories. Based on the latest AI technology, the news anchor has a male image with a voice, facial expressions and actions of a real person. The AI anchor learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor.
Here in the video, the AI anchor introduces himself and his capabilities. This AI anchor’s face and voice has been designed based on the agency’s news anchor, 'Zhang Zhao'. He can read news as it is typed out in the teleprompter. The AI news anchor also assures that he will 'work tirelessly' and read out news 'without any interruptions'.
The AI anchor reads out news in a very monotonous manner with no expressions in between. The anchor himself acknowledges that the technology is still in development and needs many improvements.
The AI news anchor also collects data and learns to develop itself. “’He’ learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,” Xinhua reported.
Xinhua says that the AI anchor has already become a member of the agency’s reporting team. He can work for 24 hours continuously on the news website as well as its social media platform. The AI anchor is said to “reduce news production costs and improve news efficiency”.
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