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World's first AI news anchor unveiled in China

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  1. GrizzlyClaws Big Bad Grizzly

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    The ‘tireless’ artificial news readers simulate the voice, facial movements, and gestures of real-life broadcasters

    China’s state news agency Xinhua this week introduced the newest members of its newsroom: AI anchors who will report “tirelessly” all day every day, from anywhere in the country.

    Chinese viewers were greeted with a digital version of a regular Xinhua news anchor named Qiu Hao. The anchor, wearing a red tie and pin-striped suit, nods his head in emphasis, blinking and raising his eyebrows slightly.

    “Not only can I accompany you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I can be endlessly copied and present at different scenes to bring you the news,” he says.

    Xinhua also presented an English-speaking AI, based on another presenter, who adds: “The development of the media industry calls for continuous innovation and deep integration with the international advanced technologies … I look forward to bringing you brand new news experiences.”

    Developed by Xinhua and the Chinese search engine, Sogou, the anchors were developed through machine learning to simulate the voice, facial movements, and gestures of real-life broadcasters, to present a “a lifelike image instead of a cold robot,” according to Xinhua.


    The broadcasters made their debut during China’s annual World Internet Conference, an event meant to be China’s Davos for the tech sector as well as a platform for China’s vision of the internet and potential for new technologies.

    While China is home to some of the world’s largest tech companies and some 800 million internet users, its internet is one of the most controlled in the world. Observers worry China is turning into a digital police state, with technology from iris and gait recognition being deployed to monitor activists, ethnic minorities in places like Xinjiang, and regular citizens.

    At the conference in Wuzhen in southern China, attendees saw their photos flash on a screen as soon as they passed through security checks using facial recognition. In a session on fintech, companies discussed cooperating with law enforcement, providing information for negligent citizens to be put on social credit blacklists.

    “We are an important advocate for peace in cyberspace and a guardian of order,” said Huang Kunming, head of Communist Party’s propaganda department, speaking at the event. “China stands ready to safeguard the sound order of cyberspace.”

    According to Xinhua, the AI technology is not limited to news presenting. The systems can be customised to different clients in other industries. Wang Xiaochuan, the head of Sogou, gave the example of a popular book reading app, Uncle Kai. “In the future, it could be your parents telling the story,” he said in an interview.

    For Xinhua’s already tightly-scripted and controlled state news presenters, the AI anchors take things a step further. Video of the Chinese anchor quickly spread on social media in China, with as many impressed as alarmed. “A little bit horrible,” one viewer said, to which one user responded: “Really scary.” “Another said: “Shivering.”

    While praising the achievements, Xinhua and Sogou acknowledged its limits. “I, who was wholly cloned from a real-life host, have mastered broadcasting as well as the real host,” the AI anchor said. “As long as I am provided with text, I can speak as a news host.”




     
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  3. Yami Munesanzun I am now having ALL teh segzy.

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    Nice fail there, China.
     
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    Because Huawei has recently invested $140 million on AI development in China.
     
  5. makeoutparadise I will have my revenge

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    We do what we must
    because we can
    For the good of all of us.
    Except the ones who are dead.
     
  7. makeoutparadise I will have my revenge

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  9. Yami Munesanzun I am now having ALL teh segzy.

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    Movements are realistic. Voice can be less monotonous.
     
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    I for one want AI politician or President
    At least they wont be racist or greedy
     
  13. Lord Valgaav Atomic Sables!

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    Nah, I prefer a leader who can sympathize with the common people. Machines can't do that.
     
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    Even if there is such person he wont live forever
    And there is term limit for human president
     
  15. Lord Valgaav Atomic Sables!

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    Yeah, but being ruled by a machine is no way to live. The AI isn't self-suataining, humans have to keep it up-to-date and it can very likely be hacked or manipulated.

    I see way too many issues with having machines in positions of leadership, and hopefully this never becomes an actual debate for consideration.
     
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    Yeah that is problem too. Prolly if there is some kind of AI alien like transformer or some shit.
     
  17. Lord Valgaav Atomic Sables!

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    Call me xenophobic or whatever it would be called, but I'd be ill at ease if anything other than a human became a world leader. We aren't perfect, but at least we can easily be stopped if need be.
     
  18. mr_shadow Minister of State Security Moderator

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    The 7 o'clock news presenters were basically robots to begin with.

    :maybe

    Isn't that right @epyoncloud?
     
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    But if we live im somekind of United Planets (galactic level UN or EU) id prefer AI over organic matter (human,lizard,tentacle aliens) for leader.

    Organic matters usually biased on their own kind or the opposite, overcompensate so defend minority by some extent of sacrifice.

    Granted i need to be sure the AI programing/logic wont be corruptible and "good" (not racist, war monger etc)
    Also need insurance noone cant change it.
     
  20. Lord Valgaav Atomic Sables!

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    The problem I see with that is all AI must be programmed by some organic life. So one way or another it'll inherit the beliefs and views of someone else. And if that be the case, since organic life is flawed and suspect of corruption, we can't fully rely on the AI to not also have some sort of issue with it as well.

    I do like the idea of a galatic federation of planets. But only for...personal reasons...:whistle
     
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    AFAIK yes. AI have to be programed by Organic matter.
    I just imagining AI that prolly outlast Their programer.
    I mean, imagine a planet run by AI millions or billions years after their creator die for some reason (i hope not AI revolution)
     
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  23. Yami Munesanzun I am now having ALL teh segzy.

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    But how will that AI be able to understand the people it rules over? How can it relate to the poor, the sick, and the rejects of the system? Basically, because an AI is incapable of feelings, I don't think it could ever make for a good leader. They can only be logical, but life is far too complex and uncertain to go only by logic.

    Think about Santa Claus who judges naughty and nice. This duty would only be possible if life were black & white. But because many factors go into play for every event, that simple logical approach could never realistically work.
     
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  26. Yami Munesanzun I am now having ALL teh segzy.

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    It is "real" AI.the engineer is very advanced so can recreate Human/sentient brain but without chemicals and other bad traits such as bias and prejudice etc.

    It can learn as a baby can learn to love the mom
     
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    With such technology, wouldn't it be better just to reprogram the brains of all humans? This perfect AI seems like some sort of man-made god.
     
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