Although they might not be real, the agency say the anchors can read text, mimic facial expressions and impersonate mannerisms as realistically as a human.
So much so, that they could threaten the jobs of the presenters they’re modeled off.
Literally. Xinhua reported on its website that they are experimenting with the software as a way to lower production costs.
The robo-anchors made their debut in both English and Chinese.
China is considered a leader in the AI industry having already produced advanced surveillance equipment and self driving cars.
Meanwhile, human journalists are looking over their shoulder.