China has Developed its First Ever AI Virtual News Anchor
Technology is going places our forefathers could not even think of. Robots were almost a mythical, science fiction being a few decades ago. Today, we are living in a world where robots serve food in restaurants, swim in the ocean, play tennis with you and whatnot.
The invention of artificial intelligence (AI) has set out to make huge differences in our lives. Whether you are fascinated by it or terrified AI is very much real. Soon enough we won’t even be able to tell the difference between humans and machines. They will look just like us, talk just like us, walk just like us, and even think just like us. They will also take over a huge number of human tasks such as TV anchoring.
The AI Anchor
Xinhua News Agency is a state-run news agency that has hired its first Artificial Intelligence anchor, “English AI Anchor”. It is the first time ever our TV news will be read out to us by a robot.
The AI first came live on Thursday at the World Internet Conference in China’s eastern Zhejiang Province. World’s first AI news anchor is jointly developed by Xinhua and Chinese search engine company Sogou.com.
This new anchor is programmed to learn from its outer atmosphere. It learns from live videos as well. Moreover. this technology can work tirelessly for 24 hours. According to the Xinhua website and social media “He’ learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,”
Since the media industry is continually growing and changing, the technology needs to move at its pace, too. AI anchor hence is programmed to learn and develop using live videos. In his first broadcast, the AI anchor said that “the development of the media industry calls for continuous innovation and deep integration with the international advanced technologies”.
The robot goes on promising to work inexhaustibly to keep the audience informed about the world. Texts are continuously typed into the system without a single break.
This AI broadcaster also posts reports on the Xinhua website and Twitter feed. It has already covered two reports. The first one is about China’s first Mars probe launch in 2020.
Along with reporting news AI also has a courtesy pulse in it. The article about Mars by AI is ended on these sweet lines: “Before we go, I’d like to send my good wishes to all of the journalists across the country. As an AI anchor under development, I know there is a lot for me to improve”.
Are Robots Really A Blessing?
There has been a debate on whether robots bring more harm to the world than good. A lot argue that robots and technology will result in a loss of jobs. As the robots take over small human tasks, humans will be jobless. But according to research from Gartner, using AI in businesses and workplace will, in fact, increase job opportunities. The figures of the research show that 2.3 million jobs will be created by 2020. Though, 1.8 million would still be lost. However, there is still a net gain in this decision.