Dr Mumbo

Who needs human newsreaders when AI can do the job without pay or breaks?

Dr Mumbo has often heard jealous print hacks refer to newsreaders as robotic automatons lacking in any personality – just there to look the part and trot out the headlines.

Well, the conceit may just have become a reality.

Yes, Xinhua News Agency in China is planning to introduce artificial intelligence news anchors.

The scheme was hatched in order to save money on employing pesky humans, who have to stop for breaks and demand salaries. The AIs will even deliver the news in both English and Chinese, it is claimed.

In fact, here is one now:

What could possibly go wrong? 

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