Meet China’s Artificial Intelligence Controlled News Anchor Robot

An AI robot news anchor has joined the team of Chinese state media agency Xinhua.


China’s government state news agency Xinhua has unveiled the world’s first artificial intelligence robot as a news anchor. Xin Xiaomeng, as it is called, was inspired by the appearance of Qu Meng, a human presenter of the same television news program.

The robot can perform subtle movements with eyes, mouth, head, and arms, and smile – all very naturally.

Xin Xiaomeng made her TV debut by launching the Two Sessions event, consisting of meetings between the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC), held for 1 minute.

In the video below, you can check out some of Xin Xiaomeng’s performance and see how amazing the movement of your eyes is as if you were reading the teleprompter.

Developed by Xinhua in conjunction with China’s search engine company Sogou Inc., Xin Xiaomeng will join the other two men’s male robot journalists – Qiu Hao and Xin Xiaohao. Both were presented in November 2018 during the World Internet Conference held in Wuzhen City. Xin Xiaohao, inclusively, has been updated recently and has become more modern than his colleagues, being able to present standing news and gesture with his hands and arms.

It’s hard to believe that he’s not a real human:

Before Xin Xiaomeng, Xinhua channel had already bet on a female reporter, named Jia Jia, but it was discontinued after presenting problems in its software.

The female counterpart

Xinhua has also developed a new version of this latest pivot. Xin Xiaohao will be able to stand up and make gestures. Furthermore, this recent prodigy of artificial intelligence will reproduce more natural mouth movements than its male counterpart.

It is an artificial intelligence system that has been used to create the voices of these robots, lip movements, and expressions, making them frighteningly similar to humans. It remains only to understand how the television audience will actually receive them at the time of reading the news on the newscast.

AI enters the world of media and advertising

Companies are boldly reaching for solutions in the field of artificial intelligence. Chinese Huawei has created a “Facing Emotions” application for the blind, which allows you to identify the emotions of the person you are talking to. The same group in the “Dear Human” campaign showed “a letter to humanity from artificial intelligence” as ‘I do not want to fight you or take over the world. I am at dawn so that you could be more at it. Playing, laughing and crying – artificial intelligence turns to man.’

In turn, the New York Times wants to use artificial intelligence to maintain the readers’ base. The technology is designed to help the publisher create highly personalized content to keep subscribers online.

Other marketers also support artificial intelligence. In the autumn of last year, Lexus presented the “Driven by intuition” commercial, the script of which was entirely created by artificial intelligence created by Partnership London and Visual Voice.

The world will not be like before

Does the profession of newscaster have its days counted? If it depends on China, it seems so! For years, the country has been investing heavily in artificial intelligence research involving journalistic robots, dominating facial recognition technology with the largest number of surveillance cameras operating on the Planet.

According to Chinese President Xi Jinping, by 2030 the site will become the world’s largest powerhouse in AI. The race to stay ahead of the US will eventually accelerate the deployment of this technology in all spheres of human life, making us dependent on it. But, even more, dependent will be the nations that do not dominate innovations, which should be imported from the Chinese.

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