China continues to make remarkable strides in making human journalists obsolete launching an AI female news anchor.
State news outlet Xinhua announced yesterday Feb. 19, link in Chinese that it had, in collaboration with search engine Sogou, created the world’s first AI female news anchor, known as Xin Xiaomeng.
The anchor will make “her” debut during the upcoming Two Sessions political meetings at the start of March.
China's Xinhua News Agency on Tuesday unveiled the world’s first female #AI news anchor, “Xin Xiaomeng,’ who will make her professional debut during the upcoming meetings of the country's national legislature and top political advisory body #TwoSessions pic.twitter.com/9gGDpfwfil
— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) February 20, 2019
The announcement comes after Xinhua debuted the world’s first male AI news anchor, Qiu Hao, during China’s annual World Internet Conference held in November in the town of Wuzhen.
The Xinhua AI news Anchor goes on air:
The AI anchor, developed by state news agency Xinhua and tech firm Sogou Inc, was on display at the World Internet Conference in the eastern Chinese town of Wuzhen.
The anchor, modelled on real-life Chinese news reader Qiu Hao is part of a major push by China to advance its prowess in AI technology, from surveillance equipment to self-driving cars.
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) February 20, 2019