What jobs are better done by artificial intelligences? Factory worker? Actors? News Reporter is not my first guess, but for China it makes sense. Some jobs, the ones with the most drudgery, could be done by AI’s in an optimistic version of our future, the future where they don’t wipe us out entirely, according to AI insider Elon Musk. Enter the AI newscaster.
“This is my very first day at Xinhua News Agency,” says a sharply dressed artificial intelligence news anchor. “I look forward to bringing you the brand new news experiences.”
China’s Xinhua News Agency has billed the technology as the “world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) news anchor,” unveiled at the World Internet Conference in China’s Zhejiang province.
The anchor “learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,” Xinhua says. Some disagree about whether the technology appears natural. You can decide for yourself here, with the English-speaking one modeled after real Xinhua anchor Zhang Zhao:
The AI anchor was produced with “facial landmark localization” and “face reconstruction,” according to China Daily. As the BBC notes, it “appears that photo-like facial features have been applied to a body template and animated.”
What is the AI news anchor’s solution to low ratings from humans? Logically, replace humans with AI watchers who watch more and give better ratings. Problem solved.