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’.
If the Lord tarries, this will be the world we will inhabit. Sex with robots? Already happening. Self-driving cars? Nearly perfected. Stores that have no workers and you pay for your items without ever taking out your wallet? Old news, brother. Antichrist has not shown up yet, but the beginning elements of what will be his end times world system are already with us. Want to miss out on the time of Jacob’s trouble? You can click here to find out how.
China has unveiled its ‘first female AI news anchor’
FROM THE NATIONAL: In news that journalists around the world are perhaps loathe to report, China has just unveiled another non-human that is set to steal all our jobs. Dystopian – maybe not, but unsettling for those who are reporting it, perhaps.
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 Xinhua News (@XHNews) February 20, 2019
In a video on Twitter, Xiaomeng addresses the world in Chinese with English subtitles, saying “hello to everybody who’s watching”, and announcing her role as broadcaster for China’s upcoming Two Sessions political conferences in March.
Xiaomeng will join Xinhua’s existing roster of two male AI reporters, who were revealed last November, in covering the conference.
In fact, as Xiaomeng was being unveiled to the world, Xinhua announced that her one of her male counterparts also got an upgrade. In an accompanying tweet, Xinhua extolled the virtues of its new and improved male AI journalist, who now has a name: Xin Xiaohao.
Xiaohao has not only gained a new register of body languages, but he has also been promoted from a seating position to standing during his broadcasts, and he’s pretty pleased about it:
“Henceforth, rather than working behind the desk, I’ll be broadcasting the news in front of the desk. Instead, I’ll be broadcasting from a standing position. I can make more hand gestures and facial expressions, ” he tells the world.
“Now I have my own name, Xin Xiaohao. Thanks to this upgrade, I’ll be able to conduct better broadcasts.” The two carry off their (admittedly short) broadcasts seamlessly, with not a stutter or forgotten cue in sight.
However, in a sign-off line that will be unlikely to win her any friends in the newsroom of the flesh-and-blood variety, Xiaomeng promises to “present you with a better news broadcast”. READ MORE
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