AI Case Study

Xinhua News Agency is able to report on news 24/7 with their AI news anchor

The Chinese state news agency, Xinhua, has introduced an Artificial Intelligence (AI) news anchors, which was developed in collaboration with the Chinese search engine, Sogou. The AI anchor looks like a human anchor and is capable of making human gestures like nodding or blinking. The system is based on machine learning to simulate the voice, facial movements, and gestures of real-life broadcasters.

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Consumer Goods And Services

Media And Publishing

Project Overview

"Chinese state news agency Xinhua last week introduced the world’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) news anchors. The 4IR entails the confluence of technologies that are blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres, commonly referred to as cyber-physical systems. It will change the way we live, work and play with disruptive technologies and trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI).

According to Xinhua the AI news anchor will “report tirelessly all day every day, from anywhere in the country.” The AI news anchor resembled a regular news anchor, wearing a red tie and pin-striped suit. The AI even made human gestures like nodding his head in emphasis, blinking and raising his eyebrows slightly.

The news agency also introduced an English-speaking AI, based on another presenter. The AI said in its first news broadcast “The development of the media industry calls for continuous innovation and deep integration with the international advanced technologies … I look forward to bringing you brand new news experiences.”

The AI news anchors were developed by Xinhua and the Chinese search engine, Sogou. It was developed through machine learning to simulate the voice, facial movements, and gestures of real-life broadcasters, to present “a lifelike image instead of a cold robot,” according to state news agency, Xinhua."

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"Developed through machine learning to simulate the voice, facial movements, and gestures of real-life broadcasters, to present “a lifelike image instead of a cold robot"

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