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The Hush Post| 09.48 am |two-minute-read|

Robots could soon start appearing in news channels as news anchors.

China’s Xinhua state news agency on Sunday used a lifelike robotic news anchor that mimics human facial expressions and mannerisms. The robot anchor presented a story about delegates attending an annual parliament meeting in Beijing.

Soon programmes, where no cross-questioning is required by news anchors like weather reports or recorded bulletins, could have robot news anchors.

The AI robot named “Xin Xiaomeng” sported a short haircut and wore a pink blouse and earrings in a one-minute video presentation by Xinhua.

Xin Xiaomeng is modelled after real life Xinhua news anchor Qu Meng and was developed by Xinhua and tech firm Sogou Inc.

Xinhua displayed two AI news anchors dressed in men’s clothes last November at the World Internet Conference in the eastern Chinese town of Wuzhen.

China is now pushing to advance its prowess in AI technology, from surveillance equipment to self-driving cars.

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