China's Xinhua news shows off AI news reader

China’s AI news anchor introduces himself and presents news reports

China’s AI news anchor introduces himself and presents news reports

Rather than true AI, however, the Xinhua presenters merely react to text that is fed into their systems, the agency said.

A Chinese speaking "artificial intelligence" anchor has also been unveiled, with a different face.

Xinhua News claims the presenter "can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor", though not everyone may agree. "They will work with other anchors to bring you authoritative, timely and accurate news information in both Chinese and English", Xinhua said.

The new AI anchors, launched by Xinhua and Beijing-based search engine operator Sogou during the World Internet Conference in China, can deliver the news with "the same effect" as human anchors because the machine learning programme is able to synthesise realistic-looking speech, lip movements and facial expressions, according to a Xinhua news report on Wednesday.

Xinhua said its newest recruits "can work 24 hours a day", allowing it to cut down on production costs.

The human-like AI news anchors can certainly fool anyone into believing they're real human anchors.

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It was stuck somewhat in the "uncanny valley" - a term used to describe human-like robots and avatars which seem subtly unrealistic.

He explained: "It's quite hard to watch for more than a few minutes".

The real newsreader is on the left and the artificial intelligence is on the right. "It's very flat, very single-paced, it's not got rhythm, pace or emphasis", Prof Wooldridge told the BBC.

China's state-controlled news broadcasters have always been considered somewhat robotic in their daily recitation of pro-government propaganda and a pair of new presenters will do little to dispel that view.

Noel Sharkey, emeritus professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, said it was a good effort, but it could be very boring even if it improves over time.

"The problem is that it could be very tiresome".

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