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Baidu Launches Digital Platform for AI Sign Language


Baidu AI Cloud launched a sign language platform on Thursday, able to generate digital avatars for sign language translation and live interpretation within minutes. Released as a new offering of Baidu AI Cloud's digital avatar platform XiLing, this new product aims to help break down communication barriers for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) community by boosting the accessibility of automated sign language translation. An AI sign language interpreter developed using the platform will perform its duties during the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympic Games. Also released with the platform on Thursday were two all-in-one AI sign language translators, providing one-stop solutions with a streamlined set-up process and plug-and-use features. With the technological changes brought by AI, production and operational costs of digital avatars have been reduced to a significant degree, making it possible for AI sign language to scale up and serve more DHH individuals, said Tian Wu, Baidu Corporate Vice President.

Xinhua unveils first female AI anchor modelled after human presenter


China's state-run press agency has welcomed its first female AI anchor who will join its growing team of virtual presenters. The female AI newsreader will make her professional debut during the upcoming meetings of the country's national legislature and top political advisory body in March, according to Xinhua at a press conference on Tuesday. Modelled after the agency's flesh-and-blood journalist Qu Meng, the AI newsreader was jointly developed by Xinhua and search engine company China's state-run press agency Xinhua on Tuesday unveiled its first female AI anchor, Xin Xiaomeng, who will join its growing team of virtual presenters The female AI anchor is modelled after agency's flesh-and-blood journalist Qu Meng. 'Hello everyone, I am the world's first female AI presenter developed by Xinhua News Agency and Sougu.

New PowerPoint feature uses AI to flag swear words, sexist language and bad grammar

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Microsoft thinks AI can help make your PowerPoint presentation better. The tech giant is rolling out a new feature in PowerPoint called'Presenter Coach,' which lets users rehearse their presentation out loud, then uses artificial intelligence to flag areas that could be improved. It can tell if you're using too many filler words like'uh,' as well as culturally insensitive language, or might be reading through the slides too quickly. Microsoft thinks AI can help make your PowerPoint better. A feature called'Presenter Coach' lets users rehearse their presentation, then uses AI to flag areas that could be improved'For some, the art of delivering an impactful presentation comes naturally, while for others, it can be a stressful experience,' Microsoft said in a statement.

Chinese state news agency unveils 'the world's first 3D AI anchor'


China's state news agency has revealed its first 3D AI-powered news anchor after replicating the looks and the actions of a human journalist with cutting-edge technologies. The virtual female presenter, branded as the world's first of its kind, can move around smoothly and display complex facial expressions. She can even change her outfits and hairstyles according to different scenarios, a spokesperson said. Beijing's state media has revealed'the world's first 3D AI news anchor' today after'cloning' a human reporter with cutting edge technologies. The virtual female presenter, branded as the world's first of its kind, can move around smoothly and display complex facial expressions The uncanny avatar (pictured), named Xin Xiaowei, was developed by Xinhua along with Sogou, a Chinese technology company specialising in web search.

First fleet of driverless taxis is launching in Beijing with rides costing $4.60

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A leading Chinese Internet company rolled out a fleet of fully driverless robot taxis on Sunday. Ten Apollo Go Robotaxis started picking up passengers in west Beijing, charging approximately $4.60 per ride. Developed by Baidu, they're the first paid autonomous taxis in China that don't have a safety driver behind the steering wheel. The vehicles are programmed with eight destinations in Shougang Park, home of the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics. However, there is a remote operator on hand that can assume control of the vehicle in case of emergency.