Summary of “China’s state-run press agency has created an ‘AI anchor’ to read the news”

Xinhua, China’s state-run press agency, has unveiled new “AI anchors” – digital composites created from footage of human hosts that read the news using synthesized voices.
By combining this with a synthesized voice, Xinhua can program the digital anchors to read the news, far quicker than using traditional CGI. According to reports from Xinhua and the South China Morning Post, two anchors were created in collaboration with local search engine company Sogou.
Xinhua says the anchors have “Endless prospects” and can be used to cheaply generate news reports for the agency’s TV, web, and mobile output.
Each anchor can “Work 24 hours a day on its official website and various social media platforms, reducing news production costs and improving efficiency,” says Xinhua.
Machine learning research in this area is making swift improvements, and it’s not hard to imagine a future where AI anchors are indistinguishable from the real thing.
Creating fake anchors to read propaganda sounds chilling.
If Xinhua wants someone to read the news without questioning it they don’t need AI to make that happen.
While these examples fall clearly into the world of entertainment, having AI anchors read the news suggests the technology could become more than a novelty.

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