China’s state news agency Xinhua introduced the newest members of its newsroom: AI news reader who will report “tirelessly” all day every day, from anywhere in the country. Chinese viewers were greeted with the AI news reader wearing a tie and suit, nods his head in emphasis, blinking and raising his eyebrows slightly.
“Not only can I accompany you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I can be endlessly copied and present at different scenes to bring you the news,” he says. Xinhua also presented an English-speaking AI news reader.
Developed by Xinhua and the Chinese search engine, Sogou, the news readers were developed through machine learning to simulate the voice, facial movements, and gestures of real-life broadcasters, to present “a lifelike image instead of a cold robot,” according to Xinhua. The broadcasters made their debut during China’s annual World Internet Conference.