When man’s word is machine’s command in artificial intelligence, the next frontier of growth

BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Shortly after reaching home from a long day’s work, Mr Ma Bin, 30, a software engineer in Beijing, walks into his flat’s living room and, in Alibaba’s “Open Sesame” style in One Thousand And One Nights, says to a remote controller on the sofa: “Let’s talk.” Immediately, his Internet-connected TV hears his command, switches itself on automatically in utter obedience and begins beaming Mr Ma’s favourite TV show. After relaxing for a while watching the show, Mr Ma heads out for a bite, settles in the driver’s seat in his car and slips into the Alibaba mode again: “Lower the temperature to 19 degrees.” The car’s air conditioner obeys the Master instantly. Get The Straits Timesnewsletters in your inbox While still driving, hands very much on the wheel, he issues another oral command: “Recommend the nearest coffee shop.” It is now the turn of the car’s navigation system to obey the Master. Welcome to the your-word-is-my-command age where devices use audio as input or medium for rendering services powered by AI (artificial intelligence). Ask and you shall receive as it were. The consumer, it appears, never had a more powerful voice. Mr Ma accomplishes…


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