CHINA UNVEILS THE WORLD’S FIRST FEMALE AI NEWS ANCHOR AS GLOBAL SHIFT TOWARDS ROBOTS AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ACCELERATES by Geoffrey Grider for Now the End Begins
Named Xin Xiaomeng, the perfectly-coiffed broadcaster is the newest addition to Xinhua’s team of existing male AI anchors. Xiaomeng was developed jointly by Xinhua and search engine company Sogou, and was shown off in a video sent out on social media on Thursday. Aside from a few seemingly stiff facial muscles, Xiaomeng is remarkably life-like, complete with hand adjustments during piece-to-cameras, and just enough on-cue blinking. The computer-generated journalist was modelled after real-life Xinhua news anchor Qu Meng, whose voice and image provided inspiration for developers.
China’s state-run news agency, Xinhua, today unveiled ‘the world’s first female AI news anchor’; a gender-balancing counterpart for the existing male AI news presenters.
Go to YouTube and watch some videos on when the automobile was a new technology. You will see mostly people riding in horse-drawn vehicles who look on with amusement at the new “fad” of the automobile. Convinced and secure in the knowledge that the new technology will never last, a whole generation of businesses built around the horse and carriage are about to become extinct overnight. And they did. Dead man walking. And so it is now in our day with AI and the rise of the robots.
“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Revelation 13:15 (KJV)
Watching the videos of these new AI news anchors, I will admit having a wry smile on my face as these chinese robots read the news. But guess what? Faster than you can imagine, you’re going to blink your eyes and wake up in a world of robots that will be nearly indistinguishable from human beings. Even now you have been trained to speak to your devices as if they were real. “Hey Siri, please call Andy mobile’, ‘Alexa, play turn the lights down’, ‘Google, I need a good fried chicken recipe’.