AI begins reading news, creates job loss scare for journalists

06 March 2019 Siva kumar C|A
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As China's Two Sessions - the country's biggest political meetings of the year - kicked off on Sunday, state-run news agency Xinhua chose "Xin Xiaomeng" to make a one-minute video presentation, debuting the agency's first Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered news anchor and triggering renewed concerns among journalists. Co-developed by Xinhua and tech firm Sogou Inc, the image and voice of the AI anchor who presented the news wearing a pink dress and displayed human mannerisms during the course of the presentation was modelled after Qu Meng, a real-life Xinhua news anchor. She is, however, not the only AI-powered anchor to occupy the newsroom. Xinhua earlier introduced two male robot anchors - Qiu Hao and Xin Xiaohao.

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