China’s Xinhua News Agency has introduced an AI anchor modeled after its regular news presenter Zhang Zhao. The anchor was debuted at the World Internet Conference on Thursday in the country’s eastern Zhejiang Province.
The English-speaking AI news anchor learns with the help of live videos and can tirelessly work 24 hours daily. The company claims that the news anchor learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and has the ability to read texts like a professional news anchor.
During the first broadcast, the anchor said that the development of the media industry needs continuous innovation and deep integration with advanced international technologies.
“I will work tirelessly to keep you informed, as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted. I look forward to bringing you brand new news experiences,” it added.
Xinhua has developed the robot anchor in partnership with Sogou.com, the Chinese search engine. According to the news agency, the AI anchor was developed through machine learning to simulate the gestures, voice, and facial movements like real-life broadcasters, instead of a stiff robot.