Chinese tech firms on AI push

WUZHEN – There was no lack of excitement at the World Internet Conference (WIC) as tech bigwigs unpacked their ideas. Some talked with humor, others provided food for thought. CEO of Sogou Wang Xiaochun stole the show with a speech employing Artificial Intelligence (AI). As Wang talked, his voice was captured and precisely transcribed line by line onto a screen behind him, with simultaneous English translation. The awesome part: there were almost no mistakes. Sogou’s voice recognition system is 95 percent accurate in a quiet environment. Translation is 90 percent accurate. Sogou, a subsidiary of NASDAQ-listed Sohu.com, is best known for its popular Pinyin input system, used everyday by roughly 300 million smartphone users to generate Mandarin from Latin characters. The company also runs a search engine – Sogou -…


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