But Xinhua appears to know that the anchor is a work in progress, as the AI's sign-off message on its first report emphasized.
Xinhua claims that its AI anchors "can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor", however their clearly artificial and heavily synthesized voices can sometimes struggle with the nuances of pronunciation.
The nations state news agency Xinhua News worked with Chinese tech firm Sogu to create a virtual news anchor based on the appearance of actual human news readers.
"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.More news: In China presented a model of "competitor" ISS
Xinhua said that together with other anchors, "He" will bring you authoritative, timely and accurate news information in Chinese and English.
There is also a Chinese-speaking version with a different face.
Xinhua further says that the AI anchor has already become a member of the agency's reporting team.
It was stuck somewhat in the "uncanny valley" - a term used to describe human-like robots and avatars which seem subtly unrealistic.More news: Women candidates make history in U.S. 2018 midterm elections
"It's quite hard to watch for more than a few minutes", University of Oxford Professor Michael Wooldridge told the BBC.
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. "It's very flat, very single-paced, it's not got rhythm, pace or emphasis", Prof Wooldridge told the BBC.
"If you're just looking at animation you've completely lost that connection to an anchor", he added. The virtual newsreader donning a sharp suit is basically a collection of digital composites created from videos of real human hosts.
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