China unveils ‘first female AI news anchor’
In news that journalists around the world are perhaps loathe to report, China has just unveiled another non-human that is set to steal all our jobs.
China’s state-run news agency, Xinhua, today unveiled “the world’s first female AI news anchor”; a gender-balancing counterpart for the existing male AI news presenters.
Dystopian – maybe not, but unsettling for those who are reporting it, perhaps.
Named Xin Xiaomeng, the perfectly-coiffed broadcaster is the newest addition to Xinhua’s team of existing male AI anchors.
Xiaomeng was developed jointly by Xinhua and search engine company Sogou, and was shown off in a video sent out on social media on Thursday. Aside from a few seemingly stiff facial muscles, Xiaomeng is remarkably life-like, complete with hand adjustments during piece-to-cameras, and just enough on-cue blinking.