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According to Tech Insider (This article and its images were originally posted on Tech Insider November 9, 2018 at 06:08AM.)
- China’s state press agency has developed what it calls “AI news anchors,” avatars of real-life news presenters that read out news as it is typed.
- It developed the anchors with the Chinese search-engine giant Sogou.
- No details were given as to how the anchors were made, and one expert said they fell into the “uncanny valley,” in which avatars have an unsettling resemblance to humans.
China’s state-run press agency, Xinhua, has unveiled what it claims are the world’s first news anchors generated by artificial intelligence.
Xinhua revealed two virtual anchors at the World Internet Conference on Thursday. Both were modeled on real presenters, with one who speaks Chinese and another who speaks English.
“AI anchors have officially become members of the Xinhua News Agency reporting team,” Xinhua told the South China Morning Post. “They will work with other anchors to bring you authoritative, timely, and accurate news information in both Chinese and English.”
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