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.
Jiongming Song, Director of Shanghai Media Group (SMG) TV News Center, said that it is too early to expect the human anchors to be replaced completely, even though Xiaoice is able to engage in in deep learning, Internet big data analysis, instant large-scale online and offline concurrent interactions all at the same time.
"Our hope is that similar artificial intelligence technology will be applied to more SMG programmes and get well accepted by the public," he added.
The Economic Times also reports that during September this year Chinese Tencent media and entertainment giant released a 'flawless' 916-word article written by a robot journalist. The article was posted via the QQ instant messenger developed by the company.