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China Unveils First AI News Anchor (REAL)

It looks like soon China’s human news anchors may need to find new work. Xinhua [[ shin-hwah ]] News has unveiled AI news anchors that look eerily real. According to the news agency, the virtual presenters “can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor.”

If you check out the virtual anchor's introductory video, you’ll see that the presenter can deliver reports in English as well as Chinese. The AI’s appearance is modeled after Xinhua’s existing human news presenters in China, as well as their voices, lip movements and expressions. While it may appear a little less natural than a human right now, researchers expect that it will “improve over time.”

So why virtual anchors if we have humans to do the job? Well, since Xinhua points out that these AI presenters can work around the clock, they could prove useful for delivering breaking news reports. Plus, virtual anchors that can present on the news agency’s website and social media reduces their production costs. 

 

Flight Passenger Sews Clothes Into Coat To Avoid Baggage Fees(REAL)

Budget airline Ryanair recently updated their carry-on baggage policies, allowing only one carry-on bag that can fit under the seat. So, one passenger found a creative way to avoid the extra luggage fees for his flight to Belfast, Ireland.

Lee Cimono, a man from England, originally booked the flight for his birthday with Ryanair, an airline he regularly uses. He ended up finding a way to board the flight with everything he needed without shelling out any extra cash… by sewing an entire carry-on suitcase’s worth of items into the lining of his coat. In a video, he documents the entire process – which totally worked, by the way.

In the clip, he’s shown getting underwear, pants, shirts, even Ziploc bags full of toiletries sewed into the one coat’s lining. The coat was obviously a little bulky by the end of it, but at least he got to Belfast with all his stuff… not to mention his birthday money. And according to Independent.iehe wants to auction the coat off, with half of the profits benefitting a charity of Ryanair’s choice. Check out the video to the right.

Source: Fox News

 
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