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Computers Are Coming For News Anchor Jobs Too: China Debuts AI Anchor, Fake News 24/7


 


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 4 months ago '07        #1
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Computers Are Coming For News Anchor Jobs Too: China Debuts AI Anchor, Fake News 24/7
 

 

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Xinhua, China’s state-run press agency, has unveiled new “AI anchors” — digital composites created from footage of human hosts that read the news using synthesized voices.

It’s not clear exactly what technology has been used to create the anchors, but they’re in line with the most recent machine learning research. It seems that Xinhua has used footage of human anchors as a base layer, and then animated parts of the mouth and face to turn the speaker into a virtual puppet. By combining this with a synthesized voice, Xinhua can program the digital anchors to read the news, far quicker than using traditional CGI. (We’ve reached out to AI experts in the field to see what their analysis is.)

According to reports from Xinhua and the South China Morning Post, two anchors (one for English broadcasts and one for Chinese) were created in collaboration with local search engine company Sogou. Xinhua says the anchors have “endless prospects” and can be used to cheaply generate news reports for the agency’s TV, web, and mobile output.

Each anchor can “work 24 hours a day on its official website and various social media platforms, reducing news production costs and improving efficiency,” says Xinhua.

The technology has its limitations. In the videos above and below of the English-speaking anchor, it’s obvious that the range of facial expressions are limited, and the voice is clearly artificial. But machine learning research in this area is making swift improvements, and it’s not hard to imagine a future where AI anchors are indistinguishable from the real thing.

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A close up of the Xinhua AI anchor’s face. Only the mouth looks edited.

This will strike many as a disturbing prospect, especially as the technology is being deployed in China. There, the press is constantly censored, and it is nearly impossible to get clear reports of even widespread events like the country’s suppression of the Muslim Uighur community. Creating fake anchors to read propaganda sounds chilling.

But what the actual effect on society may be if such anchors become widespread is hard to judge. If Xinhua wants someone to read the news without questioning it they don’t need AI to make that happen. Meanwhile, synthetic characters are slowly finding their way into mainstream culture, with figures like virtual pop star Hatsune Miku and CGI Instagram models familiarizing the public with this sort of creation.

But while these examples fall clearly into the world of entertainment, having AI anchors read the news suggests the technology could become more than a novelty.




visit this link China’s state-run press agency has created an ‘AI anchor’ to read the news - The Verge
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21 comments for "Computers Are Coming For News Anchor Jobs Too: China Debuts AI Anchor, Fake News 24/7"

 4 months ago '07        #2
stogz 19 heat pts19
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They can do that over there because they are notorious for not having personalities.
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 4 months ago '06        #3
bigkilla 27 heat pts27
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Imagine all the dudes about to be catfished on facetime with this sh*t
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 4 months ago '11        #4
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 stogz said
They can do that over there because they are notorious for not having personalities.


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 4 months ago '04        #5
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 4 months ago '14        #6
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 stogz said
They can do that over there because they are notorious for not having personalities.
And the US anchors do???
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 4 months ago '08        #7
HulkColegan 1 heat pts
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That sh*t a real actor with a fake voice. Don’t buy into the hype just yet.
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 4 months ago '06        #8
KornerBoy 
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Its coming. AI gonna take over eventually in regards to anchors.

 4 months ago '15        #9
JintsGang1987 10 heat pts10
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Job security in Mexico
See this Instagram photo by @iamyanetgarcia

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 4 months ago '04        #10
mack387 
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 JintsGang1987 said
Job security in Mexico
See this Instagram photo by @iamyanetgarcia
Instagram is probably data-mining the proportions of all these broads. They’ll be the easiest to digitally manufacture. Our leadership and state of the Unions are coming next. The future man, I don’t know if I’m ready for it.
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 4 months ago '18        #11
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CGI and AI are gonna replace actors/anchors and personalities eventually. Self driving cars taking away hella jobs, drones delivering food/packages, factories increasingly more automated...

Muhfu*kers need to get on their entrepreneur sh*t ASAP.
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 4 months ago '15        #12
JintsGang1987 10 heat pts10
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 mack387 said
Instagram is probably data-mining the proportions of all these broads. They’ll be the easiest to digitally manufacture. Our leadership and state of the Unions are coming next. The future man, I don’t know if I’m ready for it.
can't do this to me.
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 4 months ago '15        #13
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Repent y'all, the hour is coming.
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 4 months ago '06        #14
lato9905 29 heat pts29
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So yall telling me if they come out with a "robot" that looks like the reporter posted above you aint fu*kin?

 4 months ago '09        #15
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 lato9905 said
So yall telling me if they come out with a "robot" that looks like the reporter posted above you aint fu*kin?
Hell no for one its a robot 2nd its gonnna have a pc in it Imagine that sh*t get a bug and it rips your d*ck smooth off 😂 yall horny a*s n*ggas gonna learn the hard way
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 4 months ago '08        #16
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 HulkColegan said
That sh*t a real actor with a fake voice. Don’t buy into the hype just yet.
Someone didn’t read


To add, it’s an “old” technology just fine-tuned. In this case his lips mive but jaws stay intact, so it IS a simulated speech

 4 months ago '13        #17
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 4 months ago '05        #18
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 4 months ago '17        #19
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They're not letting on how advanced the new AI is yet. It's called 'learning AI'. Its given loose variables such as 'master chess' or 'create a more fuel efficent car' and it comes up with millions of different scenarios in a fraction of the time it takes humans to... so they're training it to learn how humans learn but at a geometric rate.

Google's deep mind 'created' a child AI that outperforms Google deepmind, a human creation.

Let that shyt sink in:


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 4 months ago '18        #20
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 stogz said
They can do that over there because they are notorious for not having personalities.
Well, I wouldn't go that far in saying that.

They can do that over there, because the state controls the media. So it makes total sense as to why they have gone that route.

I don't think it'll work here in the U.S.

 4 months ago '06        #21
thekidd 52 heat pts52
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Cars was supposed to be flying in 01

 4 months ago '06        #22
imthatinfamous 43 heat pts43
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thats some 1984 sh*t...the masses getting their news by some AI...majority of "news" sources out there already not credible something like this would just take the cake....people were living just fine when they were getting their news a day late on newspapers and at 7 pm a night with the occasional interruption for serious events.

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