Caixin
Caixin Global – Latest China News & Headlines

Home >

ABOUT US

CX Tech is Caixin Global's real-time tech news portal, featuring 24-hour news, short-form analysis, and roundups from business and tech media in China.

LATEST
Haier Smart Home Sees Profit Drop as Revenue Grows
Trending in China: Can You Stop People Giving ‘Too Much’ Money to Their Favorite Live-Streamers?
Trending in China: Concerns Over Traditional Chinese Comedy ‘Selling Out’ In the Digital Age
ByteDance Doubles Down On Education
Chinese Biotech Firm Gracell Nets $100m From Wellington, OrbiMed, Others
Alibaba’s Hometown Could Become First in China to Issue Facial Recognition Ban
Battery and Hybrid Cars Will Dominate China’s Roads in 15 Years
Trending in China: Do The Sins Of The Father Fall On Their Sons? Social Media Lambast Pop Star with ‘Deadbeat’ Dad
Chinese Electronics Panel Maker CSOT Reports Profit Growth as Demand Soars
Xiaomi Invests in Home Improvement Firm Amid Push into Internet of Things
TikTok Escalates Patent Fight With Triller Amid Sale Talks
Chinese Self-Heating Hot Pot Brand Zihaiguo Nets Over $50m in Series C Round Led by CICC
Xiaomi Leads India’s Smartphone Market with 26.1% Share
Trending in China: Are China’s Blue-Collar Wages Really Higher Than Graduate Salaries?
Trending in China: An End to Spam Calls? Real Estate Company to Give Money to Anyone Who Receives One
Trending in China: Patriotic War Film Overpowers Foreign-Made Feature, But Not Everyone Is Impressed
Shopify Partners with TikTok to Drive Online Sales
Lawson Tests Next Step of Convenience Store Evolution in China
PUBG Creator Krafton Hires Bankers for Possible Record IPO
Mobile Browser Crackdown Ensnares Big Names
Baidu Launches ‘AI Teahouse’ With Facial Recognition and Robot Waiters

By Ding Yi / Nov 01, 2019 12:55 PM / Business & Tech

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

Spurred by broad policy support from Beijing, Chinese companies are scrambling to apply machine learning technologies to everything from fashion outlets to futuristic-looking hotels. Now Chinese tech giant Baidu has brought them to a venue synonymous with traditional Chinese culture: Beijing’s Laoshe Teahouse.

The internet giant announced Thursday that it has entered into a partnership with the teahouse, a tourist landmark in the capital, to apply Baidu Brain’s AI technologies — including voice and face recognition as well as natural language processing (NLP) — to its outlet just south of Tiananmen Square.

At the teahouse, which has hosted more than 70 foreign heads of state since it was established in 1988, customers can order via smart speakers, be served by robot waiters, and interact with mirrors empowered with facial and speech recognition that write personalized poems after scanning visitors’ faces, Baidu says.

The teahouse also features a “smart tea specialist” machine that can discern different types of tea based on a huge photographic database.

The partnership will “boost the spread of traditional Chinese culture through AI” and help more young people engage with China’s folk culture, according to Baidu.

A slew of Chinese companies are betting big on AI. Last year, the state-owned China Construction Bank opened a nearly fully automated branch billed as the country’s first bank run by robots and emerging technologies.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

Related: iFlytek Launches Smart Language Learning Platform

Share this article
Open WeChat and scan the QR code