At the Xiaomi Developer Conference held in early November, the company launched the 5.0 version of Xiao AI. Xiaomi’s founder, chairman, and CEO Lei Jun stated the number of devices that are paired with Xiao AI, and that number is a whopping 228 million.
Version 5.0 of the Xiao AI features five new updates, including full-scenario intelligent collaboration, active conversational intelligence, customized emotional voice, multi-modal fusion interaction, and an intelligent learning assistant.
Lei Jun mentioned that since the number of users and devices has exponentially increased since it was first introduced in 2017, the new Xiao AI 5.0 comes with the newly added ability to control many IoT devices at home simultaneously. The Xiao AI will make a unified decision upon receiving a command, and the connected devices will cooperate to achieve the command.
This task, in general, is complicated and difficult for most AIs especially since the AI needs to predict the user’s potential device control needs, and then make prompts and suggestions. As per the report published by Lei Jun, “As of June 2020, the total number of users using coordinated wake-up has reached 944,000, and the number of interceptions for wake-up has reached 940 million.”
What makes Xiao AI completely different from the traditional internet APP is that it interacts and communicates with users, and asks questions to enhance its understanding of the users. It’s thought process continuously evolves and this is what makes accurately predicting future commands easier through the Active dialogue feature.
It makes use of powerful natural language processing technology to build memory, like a human being. Lei Jun’s statement further asserts, “In terms of memory storage, Xiao AI’s cloud brain will create multi-dimensional personal portraits for users to realize the interconnection of personal information across the device. All the functions of Xiao AI will share these “memory” about users internally, and calculate each interaction with personal portraits to produce personalized results for users.”
The customized sound project of Xiao AI could also detect the emotional appeal coming from the user through a fairly complicated process of accumulating, extracting key acoustic features, and finally synthesizing the data with a small number of user recordings. Xiao AI 5.0 has been deeply optimized for Cantonese.
Integrating student learning into the AI uses a curriculum schedule paired with advanced artificial intelligence technology such as the first domestic AI photo import course function. For translation purposes, the team at Xiaomi optimized the text pre-processing module, real-time text error correction algorithms, and multi-language pre-training.
The Xiao AI comes with a smarter multi-modal fusion interaction to make the communication process flawless. The rest of Lei Jun’s statement explains how Xiaomi’s AI platform has facilitated the company’s overall growth. He concluded by mentioning that it will help Xiaomi further build core technologies, promote the business implementation of various AI technologies.