Chinese state-run Xinhua News Agency claims to have launched the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) television anchor — "English AI Anchor."
The anchor “learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,” the agency said in a statement.
The state news agency developed the anchor — which was inspired by presenter Zhang Zhao — using Chinese search engine Sogou.com.
Xinhua noted advantages of the AI anchor, saying it "can work 24 hours a day on its official website and various social media platforms, reducing news production costs and improving efficiency."
English AI Anchor will report on social media as well as Xinhua’s website.
"This is my very first day at Xinhua News Agency. I look forward to bringing you the brand new news experiences,” the artificial intelligence anchor said while introducing himself.
"Facial landmark localization" and "face reconstruction," was used to create the AI presenter, according to China Daily.
"The development of the media industry calls for continuous innovation and deep integration with the international advanced technologies," the AI anchor explained in his first broadcast.
"I will work tirelessly to keep you informed as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted. I look forward to bringing you the brand new news experiences."
Artificial intelligence technology is becoming more commonly used by news organizations. The Post has used a bot system, Heliograf, to automatically write text that can be used for breaking news.