Rise of the Machines: Chinese TV Employs AI as Weatherman

On December 22, Shanghai Dragon Television introduced its newest employee – an artificial intelligence software suite called Xiaoice. The AI made its debut during the Morning News live program where it performed the role of a ‘trainee anchor’ charged with delivering weather forecast, the Daily Mail reports.Xiaoice is an advanced natural language artificial conversational entity (or chatbot) developed by Microsoft. While this is the first time the program was used during a television broadcast, it has already become popular on Chinese apps like Weibo and WeChat. While Xiaoice usually only writes messages, the developers outfitted it with a breakthrough Text-to-Speech technology specifically for this project, resulting in what the audience called a ‘cute’ voice, the newspaper adds. The deep learning techniques employed by the AI allows it to quickly analyze vast amounts of weather data while performing a live broadcast, and its ‘emotional…

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