- Artificial intelligence (AI) has revolutionised various industries, including news broadcasting, with the introduction of the first AI female news anchor in countries like China, India, and now Pakistan.
- In February 2019, China’s Xinhua news channel unveiled the world’s first AI female news anchor, followed by India introducing their own. Inspired by these developments, Pakistani AI enthusiasts created ‘Fatima Khan,’ Pakistan’s first AI female news anchor.
- Fatima Khan, dressed in a green headscarf, represents a version of Pakistan often overlooked by traditional news channels. While the AI news anchor has gained attention on Twitter, no official news channels in Pakistan have introduced an AI news anchor yet, showcasing the evolving possibilities and implications of AI technology in the media industry.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a ground-breaking field that is completely reshaping the way we live and interact with technology.
The rapid advancements in AI technology have propelled us into a new era of innovation, where machines are becoming increasingly capable of performing complex tasks, learning from data, and even exhibiting human-like intelligence such as the first AI female news anchor introduced by China, India, Kuwait and more.
From cutting-edge machine learning algorithms to sophisticated robotics, AI is revolutionising industries such as healthcare, transportation, finance, and now the news channels too.
China’s news channel Xinhua introduced its first AI female news anchor, the robot named ‘Xin Xiomeng’ which was shown on television in February 2019. Thus began the transformative journey of robotic news anchors through AI.
Just recently Indian media group, India Today also introduced their version of the AI newscaster, ‘Sana’ and taking inspiration from China and India, Pakistani tech enthusiasts have made a Pakistani version of the AI news anchor, ‘Fatima Khan’ who introduces herself as Pakistan’s first AI female news anchor.
The female AI news anchor is seen donning a head scarf in Pakistan’s ‘green’ colour, she introduced herself as Fatima Khan, Pakistan’s first AI news anchor and mentioned that she would be showcasing the Pakistan that is currently being ignored by news channels in the country. The AI was generated by Pakistanis and was shared on Twitter, however, none of the news channels have introduced an AI news anchor officially as yet.
Pakistan and India launched the AI news anchors. These anchors are computer-generated models dressed in traditional outfits. Fatima Khan is Pakistani and Lisa is Indian.#Urdu #FatimaKhan #English #AINewsAnchor #LISA #India #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #media pic.twitter.com/ZS6q3p8GDX
— Usman Khan (@JKDubai1) July 16, 2023
The possibilities and implications of AI are endless and we are now witnessing how AI is replacing the human workforce. In 2017, a Pakistani tech company developed an innovative AI journalist, known as ‘Dante’, it has the remarkable ability to generate a comprehensive news article within a matter of seconds.
It was reported that Dante was employed in producing 350-word closing reports for the Pakistan Stock Exchange in 2017, as well as generating informative charts and graphs that depict market trends over a six-month period. Anis Sheikh, the founder of baseH, the company behind Dante, emphasized that the AI journalist is not intended to replace human reporters and editors. Rather, it is designed to support newsroom staff by streamlining and expediting their work processes.
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