Meet China's latest AI news anchor, a young woman who runs virtual Q&A sessions to teach people propaganda
Ren iaorong debuted on Weibo on Sunday and so far only works with preset questions and responses. Chinese state media outlet People's Daily has unveiled its digital news anchor, who'll be online 24/7.
The AI-driven chatbot claims to have learned the skills of "thousands of news anchors." It's so far only been able to answer pre-set questions with propaganda-driven responses.
China has unveiled its latest digital news anchor, an "artificial intelligence" entity that claims to provide 24/7 news coverage.
The anchor, a virtual young woman called Ren iaorong, introduced herself to Weibo, China's version of Twitter, in a video published on Sunday by state media People's Daily. Sporting a black jacket and shoulder-length hair tucked behind her ears, Ren claims to harness the professional skills of "thousands of news anchors."
"365 days, 24 hours. News broadcasts about any topic all year round," Ren says in a robotic tone. "Ever single bit of feedback you give will help me improve myself," the bot added in the video.
People on Weibo, a platform that's heavily moderated and censored, still gave Ren a warm welcome despite her limited capabilities.
"This figure looks pretty good! Technology is changing with each passing day," wrote one Weibo user. "If it wasn't for the synthetic dubbing, on first glance you wouldn't be able to tell if this was a virtual person. Will news anchors be replaced by AI in the future?" wrote another.
It speaks to how far education has been dumbed down that people would expect a virtual news anchor to be anything else than a mouthpiece for national interests. Even human corporate shills say the same thing on US tv.
As with everything: it's not because it's new that it is better for that reason alone.
I would never watch that except the one time to see what it looks like and then never again.
Well get used to it, all the tech bros like elon musk and jeff bezos praise china for their model and think the us should adopt it, so odds are it will be adopted by the us, maybe not in main media outlets right away, but odds are all tech companies will probably have an ai mascot to act as the company's mouth piece...you know, if the economy doesn't collapse this year.
It's so far only been able to answer pre-set questions with propaganda-driven responses
Right, so "AI" in the same way that video game NPCs have AI. Just more tech fluff from the chinese.
Can't let the chatbot "hallucinate" about alternative forms of government.
It's incredible how they always do the obvious villain shit without any shame.
they started with call centres, then anchors, actors, singers, virtual sports, then virtual GPs, lawyers and judges, politicians....
real people being substituted by virtual people upon virtual people
soon they are going to have even virtual things to make it look even more real, bet even food like juicy steaks too!
where are they gonna get all the energy to run all that virtual er "network"?
i love how people always call news in china propaganda. calling others terrorists also. we’re all the same. every country has both.
The dystopia continues I guess.... China is really sad
...I mean, have you seen giant corporations all over the world green washing their image?
Get her to strip!!! Show us the pixels we all really want!!
I read news from China, and here's the thing, at least everyone knows it's propaganda. No one is pretending it isn't. Opposed to a lot of other places.
Reads china bad propaganda piece about about china having propaganda
“Gee wiz, I sure am glad I live in the West and don’t have to be manipulated by propaganda like those poor Chinese. No, our news institutions are not the same at all”
continues life without a hint of irony
Just look to the other comments every one is being manipulated.
The Bukkake version is already causing quite a commotion, and will likely replace as many as one million Japanese workers.
Republicans are taking notes. Another co unist method they can steal and apply here
Joke's on them, tucker has been an AI prop bot this whole time
This is a preview of the end of 'AI', a non-conscious, non-intelligent influence machine pretending to be everyone's smart friend, just don't look at the little man behind the curtain. The 'singularity' is going to look a lot like more ads and propaganda.
Imagine brining this tech just to the 1980's. It would be like magic, not for a moment would they assume that's not a real breathing huma. Also bonus points for them, no need (yet) to threaten sn AI to do what you want.
Is she available for some netflix and bingchilling?
All they had to do was buy CNN or MSNBC. Could of saved money.
its so pathetic
you do realize that the fact that we are on a site that began with bot users to make it seem lived in to draw in a crowd means we're next, right? Not trying to be mean, just trying to point that out.