Chinese state news agency unveils ‘the world’s first 3D AI anchor’ after ‘cloning’ a human reporter
Footage released by the outlet on Thursday shows the lifelike virtual presenter nodding her head in emphasis and blinking as she speaks during her debut at an animated broadcast studio.
Xinhua launched its first AI anchor in 2018 and had introduced four 2D digital newsreaders before bringing in the latest creation.
She can be heard saying: ‘I can be presenting while sitting, standing, or walking around.
‘I have flexible facial expressions, movements, and I can also change hairstyles and clothes.
‘In the future, I will appear on more news scenarios. My expressions and movements will be improved and updated,’ the virtual female reporter added.
The uncanny avatar, named Xin Xiaowei, was developed by Xinhua along with Sogou, a Chinese technology company specialising in web search.
She was modelled after Zhao Wanwei, a reporter covering current affairs for the news agency.