Chinese viewers were greeted with a digital version of a regular Xinhua news anchor named Qiu Hao.
The country's Xinhua news agency has created this AI anchor with the help of Chinese search engine company "Sogou". Too much on point, perhaps.
"AI anchors have officially become members of the Xinhua News Agency reporting team", Xinhua said.
China's Xinhua News Agency has unveiled the world's first ever artificial intelligence (AI) news anchor at the Fifth World Internet Conference in the eastern city of Wuzhen. The AI anchor's face and voice have been designed based on the agency's news anchor, Zhang Zhao. "I look forward to the opportunity to meet new news", said the presenter in his debut video.
The presenter digital has the advantage over other journalists to be able to work 24 hours on 24, has highlighted new China.
The companies have developed a second anchor, modelled on a different human presenter, to read headlines in Chinese.
In a separate introductory video, it added it would "work tirelessly to keep you informed as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted".
Xinhua News' English Twitter already shows the English-speaking AI anchor in action, covering stories about a museum exhibition at the World Internet Conference and China's plans to launch a Mars exploration in 2020.More news: Pittsburgh Steelers expect Le'Veon Bell to report next week
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Xinhua News unveiled an English-speaking AI news anchor this week.
Not only is this highly debatable (see noticeable robotic reading in the video above), but it begs the question: would the public accept an artificial figure reading their nightly news?
Xinhua's English-language artificial-intelligence anchor.
China has become one of the leading global hubs for AI development in recent years.
The anchor takes advantage of AI technology to combine images and voices of human anchors to deliver news with "the same effect" as human anchors.
According to Xinhua, the AI technology is not limited to news presenting.