Meet AI-powered Chinese digital news anchor

02:59 PM | 24 Mar, 2023
Meet AI-powered Chinese digital news anchor
Source: Twitter

When it comes to cutting-edge technology and futuristic advancements, China has a separate league. The country's state media outlet, People’s Daily, recently introduced the newest member of its news anchor team, a young woman, Ren Xiaorong. Although this may sound normal, the anchor is actually a virtual, AI-powered bot that can allegedly provide news coverage 24/7.

In a video shared by People’s Daily, Xiaorong introduced herself to the audience as an AI-powered chatbot that picked up the skills of ‘thousands of news anchors’ and assured of constantly evolving.

Apart from the synthesized and out-of-synch dubbing, the smart-dressed Xiaorong looked resembled a human news anchor.

The bot anchor can interact with the audience through an app, where people can ask many questions related to education, epidemic prevention, housing, employment, environmental protection, and multiple others, however, Xiaorong can currently only provide generic answers. 

“Hello, my name is Ren Xiaorong. I am an AI digital anchor who has just joined People’s Daily,” Ren said during her first online address. “Thousands of news anchors have imparted their professional skills to me. For 365 days, 24 hours, I will be reporting news for the whole year, round the clock, without rest.”

“Whether at news sites or back in the studio, you will always see me. Every conversation, every feedback you provide, will only make me smarter,” the virtual anchor added.

Earlier, Chinese viewers were greeted with a digital version of a regular Xinhua news anchor, named Qiu Hao. Hao wore a red tie and pin-striped suit and had a striking resemblance to a human anchor. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 20 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.

On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.05 282.1
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.4 355.4
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.55 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 180 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.12 751.12
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.5
China Yuan CNY 38.84 39.24
Danish Krone DKK 40.24 40.64
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.48 3.59
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 906.33 915.33
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.1 172.1
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.75 733.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 207
Swedish Korona SEK 26.85 27.15
Swiss Franc CHF 315.64 318.14
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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