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Strike out 'anchoring' from your job profile?

Hyderabad: You might have chosen journalism, aimed to become an 'anchor' and imagined yourself reading out news at your favourite news channel's studio. If that is the case, you should be aware of a threat that you as an aspiring news anchor might have to deal with:

China's Xinhua news agency launched world's first artificial intelligence (AI) anchors

The Artificial Intelligence anchors!


China's Xinhua news agency launched world's first artificial intelligence (AI) anchors at the 5th World Internet Conference in east China's Zhejiang.

It was created based on the model of two Xinhua anchors, with the latest AI technology. Developed by the news agency itself and a Chinese search engine company Sogou.com, the anchor will also work as a part with the reporting team.

The move basically aims to reduce news production costs and increase efficiency.

These anchors are technically digital composites produced from the human anchor footages, possessing synthesised voices. The AI system is used to synthesis the anchor's voice, lip movements and his or her expressions.

A few limitations include less facial expressions and an artificial voice, which has a provision to be improved later as the project progresses.

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The AI Xinhua anchors made a debut in English and Chinese languages.

At this pace, it won't be impossible for AI to replace humans in their jobs eventually.

Take a look at the first video of the anchors presenting the news:

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