Microsoft’s “Xiaoice” (小冰) – China’s Weather Robot

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China unveils its first ROBOT weather presenter: Microsoft’s Xiaoice has become an instant TV personality.

Translation By Google & JRY

I am glad that I can start my new job on this special day, because today is the winter solstice.” On Tuesday (22nd) morning, Microsoft (Asia) Internet Engineering Institute developed the artificial intelligence robot, “Xiaoice” to appeared for the first time on a television screen for the Shanghai Oriental TV morning News, “Look East,” to broadcast a weather forecast.

This is the emergence of the A. I. robot anchor on television in mainland China.  The official at Taiwan Shanghai Radio and Television said that enabling Xiaoice will not bring on unemployment crisis to the traditional news anchor and weatherman. On the contrary, based on big data and the deep neural network technology, artificial intelligence like Xiaoice could “force” the traditional broadcast host and announcer to elevate their standards.”

The word “human” has become somewhat a jargon for Xiaoice.  When Xiaoice is broadcasting weather, funny sayings such as “Good morning, human beings!” and “Human of the Southern Districts can feel more relax today…” are making the listeners laugh. Xiaoice is also particularly sensitive to smog and haze, it would complain that there would be “a little sore throat” after warning about the smog.

Microsoft revealed that for Xiaoice’s weather channel debut, three major technical difficulties were overcome. Firstly, breakthrough in artificial speech synthesis technology enables the naturalness of Xiaoice’s voice to reach 4.32 points (out of 5), becoming the industry’s closest A. I. to sound like human voice. Secondly, Xiaoice’s ability to calculate weather conditions is based on utilizing the “artificial intelligent cloud” technology and big data to achieve deep learning and structured weather big data that further interacts with the broadcast station in real-time. Lastly, by employing the “emotional computing” framework from Microsoft, Xiaoice can provide real-time weather data reviews with its unique emotional evaluation style, ultimately providing an analysis and presentation that has a balanced level of IQ and EQ .

Original Text

「很高興能在今天這個特別的日子開始我的新工作,因為今天是冬至日。」周二(22日)­日上午,微軟(亞洲)網際網路工程院研發的人工智能機械人「小冰」首次亮相電視屏幕,­開始為上海東方衛視晨間新聞「看東方」環節播天氣預報。

這是國內電視熒屏上出現的人工智能機械人主播,台上海廣播電視有關負責人表示,小冰的­啟用,不會令傳統新聞主播及天氣預報員面臨失業危機,相反基於大數據、深度神經網絡等­技術,機械人的精準播報有望「倒逼」更多傳統的主持人和播音員提升自身播報水準。

「人類」這個稱呼成為了小冰播報天氣時的口頭禪,比如「人類們,早上好!」「南部區縣­的人類們會輕鬆一些」等聽來讓人忍俊不禁。小冰還對霧霾特別敏感,會抱怨霧霾預警後「­嗓子有點疼」。

微軟透露,小冰亮相熒屏播報天氣,要克服三道技術難關,一是通過人工智能語音合成的技­術突破,使小冰的語音自然度達到4.32分(滿分5分),成為目前業內最接近人聲的人­工智能語音;二是基於「智能雲」和大數據的人工智能技術,實現天氣狀況預測及結構化天­氣大數據的深度學習,並與直播現場互動;三是通過微軟「情感計算」框架,實現對天氣數­據的即時點評,並帶有小冰獨特的人工智能情感評價風格,具備均衡的智商與情商水準。

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