IFLYTEK Co. Ltd.'s product exhibition and public interaction sessions in the US
At the dawn of the third decade of the twenty-first century, iFLYTEK Co. Ltd. again came to the United States with its products in such areas as education, medicine, public interest, office applications and translation, and engaged in meaningful communications with wide audiences, sharing its ideals and experiences in broadly beneficiary pursuits.
Individualized Education and Diagnostical Assistance: Broadening the Access to Quality Resources
On January 8th (Pacific Time), during CES 2020, iFLYTEK Co. Ltd. held product exhibition and public interaction sessions in Las Vegas, NV. Its applications of AI technology in such areas as education and medicine drew attention from many visitors.
“This is the sixteenth year of iFLYTEK’s deep engagement in smart education.” Says Mr. Dawei Duan, Senior Vice President of iFLYTEK Co. Ltd. Its products in this area now cover all the links from teaching to learning, from giving exams to scoring exams, as well as administrative functions, and are now utilized in 35,000 schools all over China, serving hundreds of millions of teachers and students. “Its smart education system can help teachers and students analyze the learning topics and pinpoint individual weaknesses, and thus provide focused remedial exercises and realize individualized education.”
Statistics show that AI-assisted education can shorten not only the time that a teacher spends on scoring exams and homework, but also the time that a student spends on grasping any single takeaway point. “It promotes the interest in study and improves the efficiency of study, and thus frees up time for extracurricular activities.”
More importantly, iFLYTEK Co. Ltd.’s smart education system provides students in remote areas with access to educational resources previously only available in more developed areas, and thus promotes equality in education.
“Jinzhai County is an underdeveloped county in China. There, Tongxin Elementary School started offering remote class sessions through iFLYTEK Co. Ltd.’s ‘Smart Classroom System’.” The students can listen to lectures given by outstanding teachers of the biggest cities, and can even upload their homework and feedbacks for further guidance. “This allows for the access to quality educational resources from remote and underdeveloped locations.”
In the area of medicine, iFLYTEK Co. Ltd. has developed a system that passed the national qualifying exam for medical practitioners, and this system is currently providing diagnostic assistance to first-line medical responders.
“This system learned 53 textbooks for doctors and tens of thousands of clinical guidance and cases, it took the qualifying exam for Chinese doctors and passed with flying colors.” After more than two years’ further adjustments, applications and enhancements, it is now providing diagnostic assistance in more than twelve thousand village clinics in China, and has been utilized in more than twenty million instances.
Xiaojiahe Township Health Center is a clinic in Raohe County, Heilongjiang Province. In April 2019, a patient complained of heart discomfort, the head physician input his symptoms into iFLYTEK Co. Ltd.’s “Smart Doctor Assistant” system and obtained a suggested diagnosis of anterior myocardial infarction. The patient was sent to a hospital in Harbin, the provincial capital, and obtained timely treatment. He was found to be in a state of wide-area myocardial infarction and his life would have been in danger if he had been sent to the hospital just a little bit later.
“On one hand, the system provides real-time monitoring of clinical records and helps in the regulation of diagnostic procedures; on the other hand, it provides diagnostic assistance to first-line medical responders and improves the capabilities of first-line medical facilities, providing access to quality medical resources.”
AI for public interest, bringing life improvements to more people
The advance in AI also allows technology to help more people. In 2017, iFLYTEK Co. Ltd. launched its plans of “AI for public interest”, covering the areas of education, medicine, lifestyle assistance, dialect conservation, and more.
As one of the first participants in the “IAccompany” project, iFLYTEK Co. Ltd. uses the latest AI products and curriculums to improve educational quality in underdeveloped areas, providing care and help to “left-behind children”. In the past few years, under this project, it has donated more than eight million CNY, and provided AI-enhanced educational products to more than forty schools. It also actively participates in awards for outstanding educators and financial assistances for excellent and/or underprivileged students.
“We want to sow three seeds in the hearts of more children: a seed of science that enables them to enjoy the fruits of science and see the power of science, a seed of endeavor that instills them with the goal of changing their lives through knowledge and creating futures by their own hands, a seed of happiness that puts joy into their education and upbringing.”
In the area of medicine, iFLYTEK Co. Ltd. committed a charitable fund of ten million CNY just in the first stage of its public interest plan. It went to remote mountainous areas and underdeveloped counties all over China, engaging in such activities as medical services, clinical sessions and preventative healthcare, and improving the level of healthcare through its AI technologies.
For impaired persons, dropout children, underprivileged groups and those afflicted by rare diseases, iFLYTEK Co. Ltd. launched Its charitable project of “the Trinity of Blessed Voices”. Mr. Chengchuan Shi, a hearing impaired individual, participated in and benefited from this project.
“His hearing was impaired when he was just 11. Our charitable project reached him, was able to recognize correctly his pronunciations and convert them into writings through our speech-to-text products. Now, he is not only able to communicate effectively with others, but also to start his own entrepreneurial career, creating a software tool that helps hearing impaired individuals communicate face-to-face through subtitle-enabled video chats, which now has more than four hundred thousand users.”
With a wish of “bettering life through science”, iFLYTEK Co. Ltd. bridged the chasm of communication between hearing and visually impaired individuals with its smart speech and AI technologies. Its speech recognition technologies enable the hearing impaired individuals to “see” voice, and its speech synthesis technologies enable the visually impaired individuals to “hear” text. Its efforts in promoting barrier-free establishments not only facilitated the obtainment of information by special groups, but also provided them with a platform of entrepreneurial endeavors so that they could realize their life goals.
In the area of linguistic culture, iFLYTEK Co. Ltd. launched the charitable project of “Dialect Conservation Plan”. This plan aims at preserving dialects through AI technologies, encouraging the involvement of everyone, and thus realizing the permanence of dialects. The plan serves dialect-speaking users through iFLYTEK products and preserves in earnest those endangered dialects. As of today, the relevant products already cover ten dialect zones, with abilities to recognize 23 dialects, synthesize 11 dialects, and provide translation services in dialects such as Cantonese. Moreover, through recruitment of dialect speakers, iFLYTEK Co. Ltd. has enlisted the involvement of five hundred thousand dialect speakers, and with their help, has engaged in preservation and partial archiving of Sichuan Dialect, Wu Dialect and Cantonese.
“We firmly believe that languages belong both to the nations and to the world. We promote the conservation of linguistic resources in China, and contribute to the conservation of cultural diversity in the world.”
Communications Sans Obstacles, Endowing Everyone with Cross-Language Convenience
IFLYTEK Co. Ltd. was founded by Mr. Qingfeng Liu, its current chairman of the board, in 1999, and it has kept its initial focus of smart speech and AI technologies ever since.
Now, with more and more application scenarios in screenless, mobile and far-field situations, as the most convenient and natural communication methods between people, speech will become a vital entrance point of every device, and will present more values and functions. “We will remove all obstacles to communication between human and machine, between human and human”, this is the everlasting dream of iFLYTEK Co. Ltd. in its 21 years of entrepreneurship.
In order to break down the communication barriers arising from linguistic difference, iFLYTEK Co. Ltd. has been bringing smart speech technologies to real applications, helping with more international interactions, and aiming at completely barrier-free communications between mankind.
In 2016, iFLYTEK Co. Ltd. launched its translator product. The current version of this product can translate between languages covering almost two hundred countries and regions. It supports many operating modes including specialized translation for various professions, off-line translation, photo translation, and dialect translation. It helps realize barrier-free communication.
Mr. Jun Liu from China, in his sixties, embarked on his first travel abroad with an iFLYTEK Translator. From London to Paris, from Provence to Florence, and then to welcoming Spanish towns, he was able to talk with the locals about food, customs and culture, making several friends in the course.
Some use it to go out, and some use it to come in. Mr. Gaston from France has a Chinese daughter-in-law, and he used to have a lot of trouble communicating with her family. Now, with iFLYTEK Translator, his trouble is gone. “With this, I can communicate freely with my in-laws, and when I am in China, I can go shop for toasts in bakeries, engage in small talks with barbers in the neighborhood. I even hosted a French style Christmas party!”
Numerous people all over the world, like Mr. Liu and Mr. Gaston, enjoy the linguistic convenience provided by iFLYTEK Translator. “iFLYTEK Translator has seen five hundred million instances of usage since its launch.” With the deepening globalization, its usage is growing with the frequency of communications between countries.
In 2019, iFLYTEK Co. Ltd. became the official exclusive provider of automatic speech transcription and translation services for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. “Our products of speech recognition, speech synthesis and machine translation will serve friends from everywhere in the world.” Moreover, its iFlyrec smart conference system is already employed in international conferences hosted byUNESCO, providing barrier-free communications for guests from different linguistic backgrounds.
True barrier-free communication between languages also require understanding and learning of languages and cultures.
“Today the temperature will become lower, it is better to wear a little more.” In a Chinese-as-a-foreign-language classroom session held at the College of International Education, Anhui University, Mr. Zhou is teaching the usage of the phrase “” (“a little”) in colloquial Chinese. This classroom utilizes the Global Chinese Learning Platform, launched in October 2019.
This AI-enhanced language learning platform is developed by iFLYTEK Co. Ltd. and is available as a self-study solution to all people wishing to learn Chinese, it can help build a solid foundation of Chinese language understanding and improve day-to-day communication skills. Miss Nikulina Kateryna, a foreign student from Ukraine, tried the “Chinese through translation” module and said: “There are four tones in Chinese, and the third tone is the most difficult to grasp for foreign students, and moreover there are many homophones in Chinese. Before, with only textbooks, it is difficult to remember everything, but now, thanks to this open and free platform, I can learn all the time and learn everywhere, as long as I have internet access. This is so convenient.”
Apart from Chinese learning, this platform also provides resources in Chinese traditional culture, famous Chinese poems, and classical Chinese calligraphy. It makes Chinese cultural resources broadly available and brings the beauty of this culture to everyone through audios and videos.
With more and more of its technologies entering day-to-day application, iFLYTEK Co. Ltd. believes that its AI research is starting to pay dividends. This is not only visible in its public interest pursuits, but also in its consumer products. The iFLYTEK smart notebook increases your efficiency in keeping records of meetings, the iFLYTEK smart recording pen frees you from complicated speech transcription tasks, and the iFLYTEK smart mouse enables you to handle typing and translation needs with your speech…
In the future, iFLYTEK Co. Ltd. will adhere to its principles of openness and friendliness. It will continue to promote education and medicine with AI technologies, as well as to support linguistic and cultural communications and charitable projects. It will bring a beautiful and happy AI era to more individuals.