China Deploys AI News Anchor for Political Reporting

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China’s national Xinhua news agency and search engine Sogou have begun use of a “vocational avatar” a 3D news anchor built using Artificial Intelligence.

The news anchor, was trained on video of a real reporter at Xinhua news agency, Zao Wanwei and has been dubbed “Xin Xiaowei”.

Compared to previous AI reporter iterations created by the two, it “communicates visual and audio information more naturally and smoothly in real time” and can walk around the studio, they said today.

(Computer Business Review has requested more detail on how the AI was trained, including which hardware is being used to power it).

The release

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