China launches AI-powered news anchors that replicate human expressions precisely
As AI (artificial intelligence) is progressing, we are getting to experience more applications of the technology that is said to be responsible for the biggest revolution of the coming decades. AI-based chatbots have been patented all around the world, though how about an AI-bot that reads out the news just like a normal human? Creepy right? Well, a Chinese state-run company named as Sogou has launched its AI-new anchors at the World Internet Conference. The two AI-robots are identical and are exactly the same as the real-life anchor Zhang Zhao where both of them are meant for different languages i.e English and Mandarin-speaking audience.
The team at Sogou went on to study hours and hours of video to reproduce the mannerisms and idiosyncrasies of an actual human news anchor where they replicated the lip movement along with the facial expressions.
The report in this regard shares,
“AI anchors have officially become members of Xinhua‘s reporting team,” and also “Together with other anchors, they will bring you authoritative, timely and accurate news information in Chinese and English.”
As per the team, these realistic robots could read texts just like a human news anchor (the company claims). Interestingly, it may or may not replicate human news reading behavior exactly, though what’s interesting is that these news anchors won’t have the demands we humans have like getting tired, or requiring to eat. Thus, these bots could read the news without any interruption 24/7. If you happen to doubt this, the AI its self-says, “I will work tirelessly to keep you informed as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted.”
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A report in this regard says,
AI anchors have officially become members of Xinhua‘s reporting team. Together with other anchors, they will bring you authoritative, timely and accurate news information in Chinese and English.
These anchors are now on their duty with the Xinhua news agency (official state-run press agency of China) via a lot of distribution channels like public WeChat account, TV webpage, the networks English and Chinese apps. How would you feel like getting news updates from an AI-based robot? Let us know in the comment section below.