The Star — LOS ANGELES: Looks like Google isn’t the only company that’s been inspired by the success of Amazon’s Echo loudspeaker. Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com also took some cues from the Echo in developing DingDong, its very own smart loudspeaker.
MIS Asia — Attention all 18- to 24-year-olds in the U.S.: Tay is online now, and she wants to chat with you. That, at least, is according to a new Web page for the artificially intelligent bot, which was created by Microsoft to learn more about how people converse. The bot is now on hand to chat with you on Twitter as well as Kik and GroupMe; it’s also on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. The more you chat with it, the smarter it gets, Microsoft says, leading to a personalized experience.
Tech in Asia — Indonesian virtual assistant service YesBoss announced today that it has acquired HeyKuya, a Philippines-based startup, for an undisclosed amount. With this move, YesBoss has started regional expansion. HeyKuya is also a virtual personal assistant. Started in October last year, out of the Philippine company builder Machine Ventures. it’s run by a team of ten.
Daily Mail — Xiaoice is Microsoft’s latest piece of artificial intelligence. She has a ‘cute’ voice, can instantly comment on weather data and big news events, and now, she has a job on morning TV. The Chinese live program, ‘Morning News,’ introduced the AI on Tuesday, making Xiaoice the first robot to take on a job of this kind. Her voice sounds more like a human’s than any other AI’s to date, and Xioice’s success now has people questioning the future of their careers.
PRNewswire : SHANGHAI: Some of you might have already had affective interactions with Xiaoice, a software program with artificial intelligence, via such platforms as WeChat, Weibo, JD.com and so forth. From Dec.22, you will see her even on TV screens, as it has been jointly announced by Microsoft Applications & Services Group East Asia and Shanghai Media Group (SMG) TV News Center that Xiaoice has joined “Morning News”, a morning live TV programme on Dragon TV, hosting everyday weather forecast as a trainee anchor.