China unveils AI news presenter

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"This is my very first day in Xinhua News Agency".

In nations like Russian Federation and China, on the other hand, the news media is nothing more than an extension of the government's communications department.

"Hello, everyone. I'm an English artificial intelligence anchor".

Sogou, a major Chinese search engine, assisted with development.

China is pushing boundaries with its advancements in technological research, the latest being the world's first artificial intelligence news anchor. "Hello, you are watching English news program, I'm AI news anchor", the English-speaking presenter said at the beginning of the first broadcast.

The pair of suit-wearing, male AI news anchors - one speaking Chinese and the other speaking English - made their debut at the World Internet Conference in east China's Zhejiang province.

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"I look forward to bringing you the brand new news experiences".

The agency says that each of these artificially intelligent anchors can work 24×7 for the website and thus reduce news production costs by improving efficiency.

'My voice and appearance are modelled on Zhang Zhao, a real anchor with Xinhua, ' he continued in a somewhat robotic voice. For instance, it has a limited range of facial expressions and the voice is clearly artificial.

As China Daily, another arm of China's state media, reported on the new "AI anchor": "The push comes as part of Chinese efforts to develop the AI sector".

The digital anchors themselves were developed through machine learning and taught to simulate the vocalizations, facial movements, and gestures of real-life broadcasters, so as to present a "a lifelike image instead of a cold robot", according to Xinhua.

The agency points out that they may be particularly useful for disseminating breaking news reports in a timely manner. The AI news anchor also assures that he will "work tirelessly" and read out news without any interruptions.

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