Chinese news agency Xinhua recently added two new staff members that are a little bit different than your regular news anchors.
Add news anchors to the list of people who should be anxious about robots stealing their jobs. Too much on point, perhaps.
Above and below is a video demo of "an artificial intelligence virtual news anchor" formulated by the state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua to interpret the news.
The English-speaking anchor, complete with a suit and tie, is modeled on a real-life Xinhua anchor called Zhang Zhao.
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"This is scary stuff, and arguably I am staring directly at my future replacement", veteran 10 News First newsreader Sandra Sully said of the technology. "I can be endlessly copied and present at different scenes to bring you the news", he says.
However, the users of Chinese micro-blogging site "Weibo" were not quite happy with the virtual news anchors. It will be deployed "to cheaply generate news reports for the agency's TV, web, and mobile output", Xinhua said in a statement to South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong-based newspaper.
In a separate video, the AI news reader pledged to "work tirelessly to keep you informed as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted".
While many would argue that this is not actual artificial intelligence, machine learning technology was indeed used to create these digital news anchors. "He will be working with other presenters to bring you information that is accurate and verified time and time".
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An AI-integrated virtual TV anchor debuted at the World Internet Conference in Zhejiang province on November 7, drawing a lot of attention from around the world.
China just introduced an AI news anchor. The anchor will work as a part of the reporting team.
Rather than true AI, however, the Xinhua presenters merely react to text that is fed into their systems, the agency said.
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