A popular news agency in China, Xinhua News, has announced its plan to debut their first female-gendered (Artificial Intelligence) AI news anchor in March. This will equally be the world’s first. The News Agency plans to deliver news contents via the artificial intelligence named Xin Xiaomeng.
Few months ago, precisely November of last year,during China’s World Internet Conference, the state-controlled news agency, Xinhua, introduced a male-gendered AI presenter, named Qiu Hao. It was modeled against one of the agency’s news anchor.
Working in collaboration with one of the biggest search engine company in China, Soguo to produce Xin, it was stated that Xin Xiaomeng will debut in March.
Xinhua and Soguo have also announced that they have built an improved male-gendered AI system named Xin Xiaohao, who is able to gesture, stand, and move more naturally than Xin Xiaomeng or Qiu Hao.
Xinhua has said it is very satisfied with their AI presenter so far. As of now, after only about 5 months of service, Qiu Hao has already presented 3,400 reports and has racked up 10,000 minutes of screen time. Such systems also make it possible for one presenter to present two different stories at the same time to different TVs or displays.
Meet Xin Xiaomeng: The First “Female” AI Presenter
An interesting fact about these AI presenters is that they can practically talk forever.
Xinhua hopes to use its two current AI presenters to present news out of the Two Sessions meetings. The Two sessions is China’s most important political event of the year. It is a pair of annual sessions of China’s Legislature, the National Peoples Congress (NPC), and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the nations top political advisory committee.
The Chinese government is known to have the most restrictions on speech and Internet freedom of any other major country on earth. This move however might make the Chinese government more comfortable to use AI reporters than humans who are harder to control with their biases, and opinions.
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