South Korea’s First AI-Powered News Anchor Looks Eerily Realistic

by David Solomonoff

South Korean television channel MBN recently introduced its viewer’s to the Asian country’s first ever AI-powered news anchor, an eerily realistic version of human anchor Kim Ju-ha.

Not only did it have the exact same look and voice of the popular presenter, but she also mimicked the small gestures that Kim sometimes makes, like fiddling with a pen while reporting the news.

AI news casters may be better suited to deal with natural disasters and other emergencies, as they are available at any time, day or night. The company also expects this new technology to help it cut labor and production costs.

Some experts are convinced that digital, AI-powered avatars will never fully replace human anchors. Yoo Seung-chul, a professor at the School of Communication & Media at Ewha Womans University, in Seoul, believes that the concept known as “uncanny valley” (the idea that an almost human-looking robot/digital avatar seems overly “strange” to some human beings, inducing a feeling of uncanniness) will help human anchors keep their job.

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