China's state press agency has unveiled a virtual newsreader designed to deliver headlines 24 hours a day.
中国国家新闻机构推出了虚拟的新闻播报员,一天24小时都能播送新闻。

Xinhua's “artificial intelligence news anchor” is a lifelike digitised reporter which can read out text by mimicking the image and voice of a real human presenter.
新华社的这款“AI合成主播”是真人合成的记者,通过模仿真人主持人的形象和声音来念新闻。

The agency claims the virtual presenter – a realistic-looking man, sharply dressed in a suit – “can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor”.
新华社称这款虚拟主播,形象逼真,穿着得体的西装“,能够和专业的新闻主播一样,非常自然的播报新闻”。

However, the AI newsreader's debut report on Thursday revealed a robotic voice and awkward delivery.
不过,在周四的AI主播首秀上,播报的声音还是很机械,听起来并不自然。

“Hello, you are watching English news programme. I'm AI anchor in Beijing,” the presenter said at the beginning of its first English-language broadcast.
“大家好,您正在收看的是英语新闻频道。我是AI主播,在北京为你播报?!痹谟⒂锝谀坎ケ际敝鞒秩苏庋档?。

In an introductory video, it said: “I will work tirelessly to keep you informed as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted.”
在介绍视频中,他说;“新闻将会持续不断的进入我的系统,我也会不知疲倦地向大家播报新闻?!?/div>

The technology synthesises the human presenter's speech, lip movements and facial expressions. It was developed jointly by Xinhua and Chinese search engine Sogou.
这项技术合成了真人主播的播报,唇部动作,面部表情。它是由新华社和搜狗引擎共同开发完成。

(翻译:林浔鸥)