China’s Xinhua firm reveals AI news presenter

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Xinhua News declares the presenter “can check out texts as naturally as an expert news anchor”, though not everybody may agree.

“Hello, you are seeing English news program,” states the English-speaking speaker at the start of his very first report.

Xinhua says the speakers can “work” 24 hours a day on its site and social media channels, “decreasing news production costs”.

Sogou, a Chinese search engine, was involved in the system’s development.

“I will work tirelessly to keep you informed as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted,” says the presenter in an introductory video.

“I look forward to bringing you the brand new news experiences.”