Watch the world’s first AI news anchor deliver a report

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The virtual presenters are created using 3D digital models of real humans an then apply AI tech to synthesise the voices of presenters and replicate their expressions and lip movements, without the need for more time-consuming traditional CGI processes.

It was done in partnership with the Chinese search-engine company, Sogou.com, according to the company.

Xinhua News' English Twitter already shows the English-speaking AI anchor in action, covering stories about a museum exhibition at the World Internet Conference and China's plans to launch a Mars exploration in 2020. Well, one might not find anything different at the first glance, but if one looks closely, you will see that there is something different with this particular news presenter.

"Hello, you are watching English news programme", says the English-speaking presenter at the start of his first broadcast, in what many have said is a very "robotic" voice.

The Chinese have created a virtual news-reader - a digitally created persona with chilling similarity to a human - that presents bulletins without breaks, stress or a salary.

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In the video, the computer-generated "person" tells listeners, "the development of the media industry calls for continuous innovation and deep integration with the global advanced technologies". "As an AI anchor under development I know there is a lot for me to improve", he said.

Moreover, Xinhua said that the artificial intelligence in the form of "master" learns to live, and could read the texts as naturally as a professional broadcaster.

Xinhua, China's state news agency, has just revealed new additions to its team: digitally reconstructed television news anchors powered by artificial intelligence (AI) technology. He can work for 24 hours continuously on the news website as well as its social media platform. They may look fairly normal at first glance, but the two members are actually fully digital versions of real humans.

According to Xinhua, the AI technology is not limited to news presenting. The English speaking intelligence anchor introduced himself by reading out a script before the camera.

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