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AI News Anchor

World’s First AI News Anchor Developed in China

The world has never been disappointed by the innovation from the Chinese innovators. Every now and then, there is some sort of innovation and research that lands upon the viewers and tech enthusiasts all over the world. A majority of the part of the worlds electronics and electrical parts are manufactured and sold from China. There even exists a saying that there isn’t anything produced elsewhere in the world that the Chinese cannot replicate. Speaking of the world’s first AI News Anchor, it is developed and unveiled in China. The Chinese are very keen to display their newest technology to the world.

China’s state news agency Xinhua introduced the newest member to the addition to the newsreader panel. The first news that it read was regarding the personal information about who he was and how he intended to change the news viewing and reading experience.

Details on the World’s First AI News Anchor

Debuted on the last Thursday, at the occasion of the World Internet Conference in the country’s eastern Zhejiang Province, the AI anchor is claimed to be the first move towards the involvement of the technology in the newsreader as well. The AI News Anchor is modeled on the agency’s Zhang Zhao presenter. The new anchor learns from the live videos and is capable of working 24/7, 365 days of the year tirelessly.

The anchor wears a red tie and pin-striped suit to the presentation. The AI anchor performs some humanly move as well like nodding the head in emphasizing some important parts, it blinks its eyes frequently and raises its eyebrows slightly in the emphasis. You would not have known if it wasn’t for the news to have broadcasted its identity.

The AI Anchor is developed by Xinhua and the Chinese search engine, Sogou. The anchors were developed through machine learning to simulate the voice, facial expression and real-life like gestures.

It greets the Chinese media and introduces itself saying, “The development of the media industry calls for continuous innovation and deep integration with the international advanced technologies.” It holds true in many scenarios, we still are held by the human news readers while other forms of media have always adopted the latest technology.

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Scope of AI

According to Xinhua, AI technology isn’t just limited to news reading, but it can also be customized and modeled according to the needs of other different clients in other industries as well. The implementation of AI reader in the news sector is the casting of the possibilities of the AI in many other sectors and plants a strong base in how it can be a boost on the countries development and economy.

If your concerns are about the growing AI industry and loss of job and unintended discrimination, research firm Gartner predicts that the industry will, in fact, create 2.3million jobs and eliminate 1.8 million by 2020. The industry is expected to generate more than $3.9 trillion within the timeframe of the next five to six years.

While the virtual anchor is the newest and the first of its kind, the use of AI hasn’t been the first time in the Chinese media. In 2015, China’s Dragon TV used Microsoft’s chatbot, Xiaolce, to deliver a weather report on its live breakfast show. The AI was very cute female voiced and delivered the report effortlessly according to the Xinhua.

What Else

Automated reporting has uplifted its standing in the world of media in recent past years. The Associated Press wire service is a major news organization that makes the news reading possible using many sophisticated computer algorithms to write the huge number of automated stories every year. Advanced software can scrape through the complex data and reports and make it into sentences that are pleasing and understandable to the humans.

AI is a vast field and has not yet been visited nicely. If we can make ourselves capable of making most out of the technology, the automation in the technology could lead to more discovery that the humans could have been limited at. The world’s first AI news anchor is a step towards the automation standards that the Chinese media has taken and soon the technology could be widespread in many other industries as well.