Xinhua News Agency debuts AI news anchors

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Chinese state media is using "virtual" anchors to read the news.

Xinhua News Agency partnered with search engine Sogou.com to create artificial intelligence news anchors. These are said to be digital composites that deliver the news.

The composites use the likeness of real Xinhua presenters. However, facial expressions and mouth movements are synthesized and animated via deep learning.

AI anchors are able to read out any text inputted by human editors into its system, using synthetic voices created through composite audio recorded from the human anchors.

The virtual anchors are reportedly able to read out any text written by human editors into their program. This is said to use synthetic voices created through composite audio recorded from human anchors.

Xinhua has two AI anchors, one delivering news in English and another in Chinese.
They claim these can work 24 hours a day on its website and social media.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Xinhua News Agency's artificial intelligence news anchors
2. Digital composites combine human likeness with animated expressions, mouth movements
3. Text inputted into system, read out using synthetic voice
4. Anchors can work 24 hours, delivering news in English and Chinese

VOICEOVER (in English):

"Xinhua News Agency partnered with search engine Sogou.com to create artificial intelligence news anchors.

"These are said to be digital composites that deliver the news."

"The composites use the likeness of real Xinhua presenter. However, facial expressions and mouth movements are synthesized and animated via deep learning."

"The virtual anchors are reportedly able to read out any text written by human editors into their program."

"This is said to use synthetic voices created through composite audio recorded from human anchors."

"Xinhua has two AI anchors, one delivering news in English and another in Chinese.

"The state-run news agency claims they can work 24 hours a day on its website and social media."

"They say this reduces production costs and increases efficiency."


SOURCES:
Xinhua News Agency, South China Morning Post, BBC
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/08/c_137591813.htm
https://www.scmp.com/tech/innovation/article/2172235/xinhua-news-agency-debuts-ai-anchors-partnership-search-engine-sogou
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-46136504