News network iTV Network has announced the launch of NewsX AI, an AI integrated voice assistant. The NewsX studios will now have a permanently integrated Studio Voice Assistant (SVA), which will be used in the daily programming.
The SVA will also be used during special events like budget 2019 and the 2019 general elections to help answer and present facts and data questions. It will be the first time ever for any news network that the SVA will be a part of any studio discussions and live events to take questions.
The SVA has been integrated directly with the PCR systems to provide simultaneous audio/video output live on air. The voice output of the SVA has been enhanced with holographic data projections to provide on-screen graphical visualisation of the data being provided by the SVA.
Kartikeya Sharma, Founder and Promoter, iTV Network, said, “iTV Network is always committed to its viewers, customers and partners to innovate best practices and introduce future technologies to improve viewer experience, interactivity and access. NewsX AI Studio Voice Assistant (SVA) is definitely a giant leap into the cutting edge of the future of live news casting.”
The SVA will also be programmed to answer IFTTT (if this then that) based Q&A. For this, hundreds of data points are being compiled, tabulated and programmed into the SVA by the NewsX news team. There were weeks of off-air testing done to maximise reliability, fact checking, accuracy and minimise latency times. The SVA will operate under the following in-house rules for AI broadcasting being created by the iTV Network AI programmers such as: computer will only answer fact/data questions; computer will only be operated with a human interface; computer will not control critical PCR operations. For security and for the privacy of the studio guests, the NewsX AI will not maintain any automated transcripts of studio discussions, it will only maintain records of questions that have been asked and answered.
iTV Network hopes to bring various broadcasting innovations in the future for its viewers such as voice-operated studio lights, screens, video walls, video selections, voice print authorisation for security, multi-language integration in regional channels, machine learning and prediction of news trends, computer AI prediction of polls vs human analysts, voice-activated audio/video connections to reporters and live web interactivity with NewsX AI for viewers to ask questions.