Skip to main content
Loading...

Be Aware! Xinhua's first English Artificial Intelligence Anchor makes debut!

The idea of super intelligent machines may sound like the plot of "The Terminator" or "The Matrix," but many experts say the idea isn't far-fetched. Some even think the singularity — the point at which artificial intelligence can match, and then overtake, human smarts — might happen in just 16 years.


The question is, could we evolve ourselves out of existence, being gradually replaced by the machines?

Many experts believe that our future society will be built on effective human-machine collaboration. But a lack of trust remains the single most important factor stopping this from happening.

AI’s decision-making process is usually too difficult for most people to understand. And interacting with something we don’t understand can cause anxiety and make us feel like we’re losing control.

Many people are also simply not familiar with many instances of AI actually working, because it often happens in the background. Instead, they are acutely aware of instances where AI goes terribly wrong.

Intelligent Robots Will Overtake Humans and a striking example is Xinhua's first English AI anchor who made its debut at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen 2018.

China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency unveiled a deeply creepy artificial intelligence news anchor at the government’s World Internet Conference tech expo.

The AI newscaster is a pure virtual mouthpiece in a country with tight controls on press freedom, and its first report this week featuring fawning coverage of China’s trade show felt distinctly dystopian.

“I will work tirelessly to keep you informed as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted,” the AI anchor said in its debut video at the conference.

The virtual anchor’s features are based on those of a real-life Xinhua host named Zhang Zhao. 

But as with most attempts at computer-generated humanity, the virtual anchor is both impressively realistic and yet unsettlingly soulless.

Its limited range of motion and expressions becomes repetitive after a short time, while its gray crisp suit and perfectly coiffed hair are even more rigid than human cable news hosts.

According to huffingtonpost, newsrooms have increasingly implemented AI technology in recent years, with outlets including The Washington Post using AI to write short reports on such topics as the outcome of sporting events or to send news alerts.

 

Comments

Post a Comment

Loading...

Popular Posts

TTSA: Fear Mongering or is UFO Secrecy Crumbling?

Secrecy on UFOs has been with us for a lifetime. At times it has seemed like it would last forever.


For the past few years, however, the media has treated the subject rather differently and since late 2017 ufology has been in a fevered state with new revelations, new media coverage, and a much enhanced "brand" overall.

Nearly all of this is due to To the Stars Academy (TTSA). TTSA's recent TV show, Unidentified, portrayed several military encounters with UFOs, and more than once - many times, in fact - used the word "threat" in connection to these encounters.

We have to believe TTSA that there is a “threat” or is this just fear mongering and if so, what might the agenda be?

Or, is there any legitimacy to considering UFOs as at least a potential threat or are we on a path toward some sort of disclosure? If so, is it something complete, partial, or even false, as some argue?

Link to Part 2: TTSA: Fear Mongering or Not? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOUfueQRX0c…

UFO hit by lightning over El Paso, Texas

On July 8, 2019 the witness caught a bright Sphere in the sky over El Paso, Texas when it struck by lightning. After being hit, the UFO has gone.


The witness: I just saw today! I just see a cloud headed my way, then a light appeared with a lightning, then another lightning and bam its gone!!

In slow motion you can clearly see that the lightning strikes the UFO.

UFO de-activates Tornado in Italy

An approaching tornado was filmed this month, July 2019, from a beach in Italy.


Suddenly a possible partially cloaked UFO comes into view flying towards the tornado on which it seems as the object de-activates it.

After the strange event the tornado seems to have disappeared.

UFO Caught Sucking Water From A Lake In Sweden

On their way home two friends noticed a bright light above Lake Mälaren in Strängnäs, Sweden on June 10, 2018.


Misha who has filmed the object, for about 7 minutes before it disappeared, said the object made no noise and it looked like it sucked water from the lake.

The shortened footage shows a bright light above the lake, a reflection of the light is seen on the water, as well as a strange blue object. A bridge is visible in the background.

Carina Lindqvist who put the video on her channel says “My friend Misha is convinced he has filmed a UFO.”