Journalists have branded plans for artificial intelligence news anchors ‘utterly terrifying’ – as an LA-based channel looks set to launch them next year.
Channel 1 is using the tech to create digital humans to provide updates about what is happening across the world.
The station wants to launch them on free ad-supported streaming TV – including apps such as Crackle, Tubi, or Pluto – as early as February.
But the news has horrified reporters across the US, who warned it could ‘have huge ramifications for an already depleted news industry.’
Ruby Media Group CEO Kristen Ruby shared on X: ‘If you believe in the concept of ‘fake news,’ you have seen nothing. At least your news is presented by humans. When AI news anchors replace human news anchors – the concept of fake news will have a totally different meaning.’