South Korea introduces first ever AI news anchor

Updated: 22 November, 2020 08:32 IST | Agencies | Mumbai

South Korean channel's first AI-powered news anchor looks eerily human

AI Kim was modelled on news anchor Kim Ju-ha. Here, the AI is seen having a conversation with her
AI Kim was modelled on news anchor Kim Ju-ha. Here, the AI is seen having a conversation with her

A Television channel in South Korean recently introduced its viewers to the country's first ever AI-powered news anchor. This eerily realistic version of human anchor Kim Ju-ha was developed by artificial intelligence production company Money Brain. It not only has the exact same look and voice of the presenter, but she also mimicked the small gestures that Kim sometimes makes, like fiddling with a pen while reporting the news.

During a broadcast, AI Kim even shared a conversation with real-life Kim Ju-ha to compare their voices, which apparently freaked out a lot of people.

AI Kim has been reading news on the news channel
AI Kim has been reading news on the news channel

According to Korea JoongAng Daily, the AI-powered news anchor said, "I was created through deep learning 10 hours of video of Kim Ju-ha, learning the details of her voice, the way she talks, facial expressions, the way her lips move and the way she moves her body. I am able to report news exactly the way that anchor Kim Ju-ha would."

The company also expects this new technology to help it cut labour and production costs and while that may not be great news to anchors, some experts are convinced that digital, AI-powered avatars will never fully replace human anchors.

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First Published: 22 November, 2020 08:31 IST

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