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Artificial Intelligence makes life better

Elderly man just one example of how artificial intelligence is helping to improve people's daily lives as world conference in the technology is set to open in the Pudong New Area. 
Artificial Intelligence makes life better
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Grandpa Jiang, a 73-year-old man suffering from lumbar diseases, found “a best friend and assistant” in a new senior care center in the Pudong New Area.

It’s a robot called UFU that looks like a normal wheelchair initially. But it can be adjusted to a standing position and moved with a control stick, and is specifically designed for elderly people and those recovering from surgery. 

“I can walk and move like normal people with the best friend UFU. Therefore my daughter needn’t to come to look after me every day,” said Jiang, who hasn't been able to stand or move by himself for more than a decade.

The robot is now in use at the new center in the Zhoujiadu Community in Pudong, and can also be leased to local residents at a reasonable price.

The center is an example of integrating AI or artificial intelligence in daily life in Pudong, home to the main venue of the World Artificial Intelligence Conference between Thursday and Saturday.

More than 380 AI-related firms are now in Pudong, or one third of the city's total. With strong advanced manufacturing, chip and 5G industries, Pudong has advantages in its eco-system and talent to develop AI, local officials said.

During the conference, many AI applications will be shown to have been adopted in Pudong, including health care, smart driving, building design and management and smart retail stores.

In the Zhoujiadu Center, technologies such as big data, 5G, online diagnosis (with doctors) and robots are adopted. For example, a database of aged people in the community has been established, based on their ages and health conditions, to offer various health care services.

“AI Doctor,” an AI-featured inquiry and diagnosis system, will attract visitors to the WAIC exhibition site in Pudong. The system, covering 3,000 diseases, is used in both online health care services and assisting human doctors in hospitals, said its developer, Shanghai-based PingAn Good Doctor.

More than 20 companies, including Tesla, Red Flag, Weltmeister, DeepBlue and Nullmax are showing smart driving cars in an outdoor space at the conference. 

In the River Mall, a nearby shopping mall, AI-featured retailers and restaurants can be found. 

With a “Magic Mirror” virtual system, consumers can try on various clothes in seconds, just waving hands to switch. They don’t need to wait for fitting rooms anymore in the outlets of brands such as Puma, Esprit and Mindbridge.

In several restaurants in the mall, robot waiters are ready to serve consumers.

In the lobby of the Shanghai Pudong Front Beach World Trade Organization, a cleaning robot is working round the clock in the 2,000-square-meter space. The whole building is designed and managed by BIM (Building Information Modeling). 

Artificial Intelligence makes life better
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An old man uses an electronic glove to control a robot hand.

Artificial Intelligence makes life better
Dong Jun / SHINE

An elder woman talks to “AI Doctor,” an AI-featured inquiry and diagnosis system. The system, covering 3,000 diseases, is used in both online health care services and assisting human doctors in hospitals.

Artificial Intelligence makes life better
Dong Jun / SHINE

Robot waiters can identify different dishes in the restaurant.

Artificial Intelligence makes life better
Dong Jun / SHINE

Consumers can try on various clothes in seconds, just waving hands to switch. 

Artificial Intelligence makes life better
Dong Jun / SHINE

Some studies by Shanghai Electric suggest that intelligent maintenance systems can reduce overall maintenance costs up to 30 percent and reduce machinery breakdowns by up to 70 percent. Being able to remotely monitor and maintain equipment saves on labor costs.

Artificial Intelligence makes life better
Dong Jun / SHINE

In the lobby of the Shanghai Pudong Front Beach World Trade Organization, a cleaning robot is working round the clock in the 2,000-square-meter space.

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