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>> This isn't a news anchor, in fact, it's not even human.>> This is my very first day in Xinhua News Agency.>> China's Xinhua News Agency has unveiled what they are calling artificial intelligence news anchors. Although they might not be real, the agency says the anchors can read text, mimic facial expressions, and impersonate mannerisms as realistically as a human.
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>> I will work tirelessly.>> So much so that they could threaten the jobs of the presenters they're modeled of literally. Xinhua reported on it's website that they are experimenting with the software, as a way to lower production. The robo-anchors made their debut in both English and Chinese.
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The agency created their AI presenters with tech firm Sogu, using facial recognition, facial modeling, and speech synthesis software. China are considered leaders in the AI industry, having already produced advanced surveillance equipment and self-driving cars. Meanwhile, human journalists are looking over their shoulder.