Watch this creepy AI anchor talk like a real person
09 November, 2018, 14:25
News reports are fed into the system uninterrupted, meaning these newsreaders could theoretically operate 24-7.
'My voice and appearance are modelled on Zhang Zhao, a real anchor with Xinhua, ' he continued in a somewhat robotic voice.
Xinhua said that together with other anchors, "He" will bring you authoritative, timely and accurate news information in Chinese and English. "This is my very first day in Xinhua news agency", Xinhua's newest AI employee said in his introductory video at the conference.
China has got its first Artificial Intelligence (AI) news anchor.
The new AI anchors, launched by Xinhua and Beijing-based search engine operator Sogou during the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, can deliver the news with "the same effect" as human anchors because the machine learning programme is able to synthesise realistic-looking speech, lip movements and facial expressions, according to a Xinhua news report on Wednesday. In a country where the press is heavily censored, one wonders if China has more ambitious plans to roll out more virtual news anchors, replacing human ones who might not always toe the party line.
Creation of fake news readers to suppress news and take control over media sounds chilling.
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