The Chinese state owned news agency, Xinhua has revealed the world first Artificial Intelligent news anchor. The anchor is almost completely virtual with only his likeness coming from real life news anchor presenter Zhang Zhao.
The digital anchor learned by itself how to mimic and present like real life Xinhua news presenters by watching live broadcasts the digital anchor speaks English and can read text as naturally as humans do. The AI anchor is one of the many project China is undertaking to advance AI technology in the country.
The digital anchor is a sign of the times and the advancement in technology as it can operate 24 hours a day 365 days a week with no breaks. More development will still need to be made by the Xinhua news agency but the applications and implication for broadcast media may be disruptive.