China’s state news agency, Xinhua, has unveiled the world’s first artificial intelligence news presenters.
The so-called “composite anchors” were launched by the agency and Chinese search engine Sogou at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen on Wednesday. The voices, lip movements and expressions are based on real Chinese presenters and can deliver news as words are typed into their system.
In his first English broadcast the AI anchor, whose voice and appearance are modelled on real-life newsreader Zhang Zhao, introduced himself to viewers
Xinhua said the AI anchors “work 24 hours a day on its official website and various social media platforms, reducing news production costs and improving efficiency”. They simply require human editors to input text into the system.
The broadcaster said the technology was a “breakthrough in the field of global AI synthesis” and had “endless prospects”.