World’s first AI news anchor unveiled in China. AI has set its feet in all spheres of life, and now it has entered the domain of news anchoring as well. Hard to believe? Yes, it is. China has surprisingly introduced one of its own kind news anchor bot which can endlessly and tirelessly 24×7, 365 days in a year speak out news to you. Chinese viewers were greeted with a digital version of a regular Xinhua news anchor named Qiu Hao.
The anchor, wearing a red tie and pin-striped suit, nods his head in emphasis, blinking and raising his eyebrows slightly. Developed by Xinhua and the Chinese search engine, Sogou, the anchors were developed through machine learning to simulate the voice, facial movements, and gestures of real-life broadcasters, to present an “a lifelike image instead of a cold robot,” according to Xinhua. According to Xinhua, AI technology is not limited to news presenting. The systems can be customized to different clients in other industries. Wang Xiaochuan, the head of Sogou, gave the example of a popular book reading app, Uncle Kai.
“In the future, it could be your parents telling the story,” he said in an interview. The people out there on social media took in different contexts although. Some people reported it to be nice and innovative, and others as horrible, scary and devastating for the future. Although, its another matter for debate whether introduction and replacement of humans by robots in the industry for major tasks is boon or curse. Time is the only deciding factor as of now.
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