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Tech & Science Watch this creepy AI anchor talk like a real person

14:51  08 november  2018
14:51  08 november  2018 Source:   cnet.com

China's AI news anchor vows to 'work tirelessly to keep you informed'

China's AI news anchor vows to 'work tirelessly to keep you informed' China's state-run Xinhua news agency releases footage of its newest stars: virtual news presenters, which use artificial intelligence to copy human voices and facial expressions. The pair of suit-wearing, male AI news anchors — one speaking Chinese and the other speaking English — made their debut at the World Internet Conference in east China's Zhejiang province. "Hello, you are watching English news program, I'm AI News anchor," the English speaking reader said at the beginning of its first broadcast. Xinhua said its newest recruits "can work 24 hours a day", allowing it to cut down on production costs.

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Does something look... off? That's because you're not looking at a real person.

China's state-run media Xinhua and Beijing-based search engine Sogou debuted two "AI composite anchors" -- one each for English and Chinese viewers -- at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen Wednesday. The AI are "cloned" from real-life anchors, according to Xinhua's report, sporting the same faces and voices.

The program extracts and combines the features of human anchors from videos of their reporting, using their speech, lip movements and facial expressions. But there's one difference: While human anchors work eight hours everyday, their AI clones can report news tirelessly 24/7.

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Can YOU tell which one is real ? Creepy AI transfers facial expressions in videos from one person to Software flips the mouth movements from one video to the face of another A clip made with the AI puts the expressions of John Oliver onto Stephen Colbert

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Watch this creepy AI anchor talk like a real person © Screengrab by Zoey Chong/CNET "AI anchors have officially become members of Xinhua's reporting team," the publication said in its report, adding, "Together with other anchors, they will bring you authoritative, timely and accurate news information in Chinese and English."

Xinhua's AI anchors are doing their thing on selected distribution channels including the news agency's English and Chinese apps, WeChat public account, TV webpage, and two Weibo accounts.

This isn't the first time China has gotten creative with artificial intelligence, using it to catch wanted fugitives, identify people by their gait and, um, breed roaches.

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