Chinese tech giant Baidu showed off the artistic ability of its virtual human Xijiajia by having the digital ambassador paint an image of a cat in front of an audience at its Baidu World conference. The demo succinctly highlighted the company’s work on virtual beings and visual applications of conversational AI as the two fields become increasingly widespread and popular.
Baidu has focused on the many avenues where AI helps people and businesses. Xijiajia is Baidu’s digital human ambassador to push this case. The AI’s real-time painting of a cat after a single cat-painting request revealed how virtual beings can be capable of performing a wide range of tasks, including those typically considered exclusive to the human creativity. AI can help the art world with more than new paintings, according to Baidu. A virtual recreation of “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”, one of the most famous classical Chinese paintings in history, has long been split in two and housed in two museums. Baidu’s AI helped lift the coin for the first time in centuries. While Xijiajia is more of a business-centric creation, Baidu also unveiled an “interactive virtual idol” named DuXiaoxiao that consumers can talk to on the Baidu app on their phone. DuXiaoxiao is designed to understand emotion in speech and react accordingly
“Today we are in the midst of a major cycle of technology development, with new technologies emerging in almost every sector, from new energy to space exploration, biomedicine, smart manufacturing and more. “, said Baidu CEO Robin Li. “China’s technological development is rising to a new position at the forefront of the world. But progress still requires hard work and new paths for a better, technology-driven future. Baidu aims to serve as the cornerstone of these efforts, contributing fundamental research, core technology and underlying innovation.
Along with the more artistic and consumer-focused projects, Baidu shared the creation of what it called the first large-scale AI model specifically for aerospace research. Industrial elements extended to its new Kaiwu 2.0 platform, used by the Industrial Plan strategy, as well as the new Apollo RT6 self-driving car, which comes with a detachable steering wheel when drivers are not actively controlling the vehicle. .
Baidu hasn’t dwelt much on the metaverse, but there is a clear connection between its virtual humans and the XiRang digital world that the company revealed late last year. Avatars built on the XiLing platform released at the same time will serve to populate XiRang with digital humans in the “Creator City” being developed there. XiLing is Baidu’s platform for creating digital avatars with artificial intelligence for use in a variety of media. Baidu described it as a virtual spokesperson design tool for audio and video ads, social media posts, and as a host. The virtual world is accessible via an application on computers and smartphones or with Pico virtual reality headsets. XiRang, which means “land of hope”, can currently support up to 100,000 users at a time, which Baidu pointed out because its metaverse is still under development.
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