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Chinese State Media’s AI News Anchor

Xinhua (China’s state media) in collaboration with Chinese search engine Sogou, has just unveiled its Chinese- and English-speaking AI news anchor. Its evening slot wasn’t just a test run, in fact, “the simulations can be used on its website and social media platforms” now, but there’s no word on whether any TV channels have picked it up. Created to deliver news in a 24-hour cycle, the robot was designed “to simulate human voice, facial expressions and gestures,” but its delivery and tone are certainly robotic—so perhaps human news anchors aren’t redundant yet. Read more at CNN.

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