China's AI news anchor vows to 'work tirelessly to keep you informed'

Watch this creepy AI anchor talk like a real person

A Chinese press agency Xinhua has unveiled an AI anchor for presenting news.

Xinhua is boasting that their new artificial intelligence news anchor is a world's first and that "he" is now considered a regular member of the reporting team and, even better, never needs a break.

There is both an English and Chinese-speaking version with different faces.

Viewers may one day be able to choose the artificial anchor from whom they prefer to hear the news.

Xinhua worked together with the Chinese search engine Sogou to extract human speech, lip movements and expressions from other anchors, the agency said.

In a separate introductory video, it added it would "work tirelessly to keep you informed as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted".

"I look forward to bringing you the brand new news experiences".


The new "anchor" can work 24 hours a day, "reducing news production costs and improving efficiency", according to the outlet.

The agency points out that they may be particularly useful for disseminating breaking news reports in a timely manner.

The presenter struggled to appear completely natural, said Michael Wooldridge at the University of Oxford. The virtual newsreader donning a sharp suit is basically a collection of digital composites created from videos of real human hosts. It's very flat, very single-paced, it's not got rhythm, pace or emphasis.

In any case, with the onslaught of AI beings slowly finding their way into the mainstream occupation, it isn't hard to imagine that AI anchors could become more than just a novelty.

Noel Sharkey, a robotics professor at the University of Sheffield, was slightly more impressed.

"We will see it improve over time", he told the BBC.

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