Election Results Fuel Anti-Incumbency Buzz in Odisha as Naveen Patnaik Tries to Extend 18-Year Hold on Power

Suddenly, political circles in Odisha are abuzz with talk of ‘anti-incumbency’ — that long-forgotten term in the state — which is being seen as the reason for the defeat of the 15-year-old Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Raman Singh governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, respectively. “If anti-incumbency unseated the BJP governments in these two states,” goes the argument, “it should hit the BJD government even harder.” After all, the Naveen Patnaik government is now in its 18th year and is due to face simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in…

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Will journalism fall to artificial intelligence?

Putting Artificial Intelligence (AI) to ever newer uses, China has created the world’s first AI news anchor. Two AI newscasters — one speaking in English and one in Mandarin — were showcased at China’s annual World Internet Conference, a platform for China’s technology and vision. The two newscasters, being robots, need no breaks; and can deliver news typed into their “systems” continuously 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These AI news anchors have been modelled on real life newscasters on Chinese television. They will be able to learn…

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