China's South China Morning Post reports that the KI anchors are available through Xinhua's English and Chinese apps, their TV website, and their public account at WeChat. The technology behind the anchors is provided by the search engine company Sogou.
Xinhua says that his KI anchors can deliver the news with the "same effect" as human reporters. But if you watch the video, that's not true. It is quite clear that you are watching a non-human anchor, because the mouth movements and facial expressions are not entirely human and the voice can act as a robot. As recent research has shown, manipulating videos so that images can express what you want and still look shockingly natural is within reach. And maybe future AI anchors will not be stuck in the eerie valley anymore.
Unlike human anchors Xinhua's AI anchors can work around the clock, and the news agency says they can therefore provide improved production efficiency and lower costs.