This is my very first day in Xinhua News Agency. Too much on point, perhaps.
China's Xinhua news agency on Thursday unveiled the world's first AI anchor that can read news in English and Chinese.
Xinhua News just unveiled what it's calling the world's first news anchors powered by artificial intelligence, at the World Internet Conference Wednesday in China's Zhejiang province. For instance, it has a limited range of facial expressions and the voice is clearly artificial.
The video of said AI Anchor has been placed on YouTube via the New China TV channel and offers a possible glimpse into what the future of TV journalism could look like in the Asian country.
The AI anchor has also started presenting news reports.
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The company said the aim of introducing AI anchors is to reduce news production costs and enable it to create quick videos during breaking news.
The AI anchor is now a part of the media agency's reporting team and can work tirelessly 24/7 on its official website and across different social media platforms. "He will work together with other anchors to bring you authoritative, timely and accurate news and information in Chinese and English", Xinhua said.
The AI system uses the base image of a real newscaster, with machine learning technology recreating realistic speech patterns and facial movements akin to human counterparts, the South China Morning Post reports.
Artificial intelligence technology is becoming more commonly used by news organizations. It's not hard to see how this type of technology could be used to create entirely realistic AI news anchors at some point in the near future. The wire service added that Sogou staff "said it wasn't clear when the technology would actually go into use". In an interview with jieman.com, Wang Xiaochuan, the head of Sogou, conceded that the anchors' abilities to compete with deeper-level human functions are minimal.
While the Chinese state news agency sees it as a "breakthrough in the field of global AI synthesis", journalists, much like workers in other industries, are scared for their jobs amid AI's rise.