Tue Dec 11, 2018, 10:12 AM

Chinas Big AI Plan: Do Toys Count, Too?


The most convincing indication of China’s rise in the AI market that I recently came across was the plethora of AI-driven toys displayed, demonstrated, and pitched at shop after shop in the Shenzhen airport. The toys range from battery-operated “smart” dogs and dancing programmable robots to conversational C3POs and interactive AI “educational” robots with a remote “babysitting” mode that takes snapshots of the kids and transmits them to Mom and Dad.

You may laugh. After all, we’re only talking about toys whose AI capabilities are primitive. I laughed, too, until it dawned on me that China’s booming toy business is the rare — possibly exclusive — example of making real money with AI.

China’s “educational” robots come with a level of intelligence equivalent to that of low-end smartphones.

But it’s presumptuous to judge these so-called AI-driven consumer goods as just toys. An interactive chatty robot with an AI system equipped with a range of English-language learning materials is a cheap shortcut to fluency for Chinese parents who want their kids to grow up and speak English.

Even a robot whose conversation might seem a little dumb to a grownup doesn’t bother kids as long as the robots respond to them in an animated, interactive fashion.

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Tue Dec 11, 2018, 11:28 AM

1. AI? Programmable dancing robots are considered AI?

"Low-end smartphones" are AI? Why? Autocomplete and autocorrect? That's laughable at best.

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