AI increasingly used to help children study and play

The use of AI brings changes to children's life at home and class, and companies like iFlytek and Microsoft are showing off their AI-equipped robots  at the WAIC.

Artificial intelligence is increasingly being used to help children with their studies as well as play with them in the form of robot "friends."

At the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, domestic AI firm iFlytek showed off its AlphaEgg AI robot which teaches young children to learn Chinese, mathematics, and English via voice recognition. The cute egg-like robot can also play music, movies and educational games.  

Children can also video chat with family members who are away from them through the robot's “eyes,” basically a screen. When they are lonely, they can chat with the robot as well.

“It mainly provides voice interaction with the children," said a female employee of iFlytek, surnamed Hu. "The young kids can ask questions and AlphaEgg can communicate with them by voice."

US software giant Microsoft displayed two products — Xiaoice and Xiaoying — which can assist children’s early education and English learning. Xiaoice is a chat robot developed by Microsoft a few years ago and the newer version tells stories to children aged between 3 and 9 years old. Xiaoying is a WeChat application which can stimulate different daily life scenes for users to learn English.

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