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China’s Xinhua introduces world’s first female AI news anchor

China’s Xinhua News Agency will debut their female-gendered AI news anchor in March, called Xin Xiaomeng. It is the agency’s its latest effort to deliver content via artificial intelligence, following Qiu Hao, a male AI news anchor introduced last November. After about five months of service, Qiu Hao has already presented 3,400 reports and has racked up 10,000 minutes of screen time. Working in collaboration with Chinese search engine company Soguo to produce Xin, the AI anchor will debut in March.

Xinhua and Soguo have also announced that they have built an improved male-gendered AI system named Xin Xiaohao, who is able to gesture, stand, and move more naturally than Xin Xiaomeng or Qiu Hao.

An artificial intelligence system has been used to synthesise the presenters’ voices, lip movements and expressions. They are based on those of real Xinhua presenters.

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