On October 13th, iFLYTEK’s senior vice president Du Lan delivered a keynote speech titled Empower Poverty Reduction with AI Technology at the 6th Annual Conference of the Taihu World Cultural Forum. More than 500 officials, international organization representatives, foreign ambassadors and scholars from over 30 countries attended the forum and listened to Du’s speech virtually or in person.
iFLYTEK’s five approaches to poverty reduction
During the speech, Du expressed her conviction that artificial intelligence is capable of promoting a balanced distribution of resources, enhancing social justice and facilitating a common prosperity.
In utilizing AI technology to achieve societal goals, the senior vice president shared some of iFLYTEK’s own practices and experiences in applying artificial intelligence to the national campaign of poverty reduction. Generally, they fall into five categories: popularizing Mandarin, providing technological assistance, promoting employment, enhancing education and improving healthcare.
Through technological assistance, iFLYTEK helps the vision-impaired “hear texts” and the hearing-impaired “see sounds”; through employment promotion, the company assist people in starting up their own businesses and getting rid of poverty; through education enhancement, children in mountainous regions can enjoy the same resources as those in cities; through healthcare improvement, people in under-developed areas are enabled to equally enjoy medical resources, Du said.
Through the popularization of Mandarin, iFLYTEK hopes that more people will be able communicate smoothly with others. “We work to popularize Mandarin, so that more people in the remote mountainous regions will be able to communicate smoothly with the outside world. I think that’s the first step of poverty reduction,” Du said on the matter.
Recalling a visit to the Yunnan Province in April, Du discussed how the iFLYTEK language learning App was able to aid in teaching Mandarin to the native Lisu people, and soon the average score of the learners rose from 2 to 4 points. As of now, the App has assisted about 1.095 million people in Mandarin learning.
“It’s our common wish to enhance social justice and achieve common prosperity,” Du said.
“We need to work hard to reduce poverty, so that the next generations will enjoy better education resources, better healthcare and a better future,” she added.
Tamdrin praises iFLYTEK Translator for precise, fast Mandarin-Tibetan translation
At the sub-forum “Culture and Poverty Reduction—Promote the Building of A Community with A Shared Future for Mankind”, Du introduced the iFLYTEK Translator to the tourism ambassador of Sichuan Province Tamdrin, who also delivered a speech at the event. The young Tibetan marveled at the precise and fast translation produced by the smart translator.
Du uttered the Mandarin transliteration of the Tibetan phrase “hello” to Tamdrin, who understood the Tibetan translation by the iFLYTEK Translator and then responded with “hello” in Tibetan. Du also told Tamdrin that the iFLYTEK Learning Pad can help with his Mandarin learning by providing attentive service and identifying areas of improvement.
“Hello, welcome to Anhui!”
“You look so healthy and handsome.”
Tan Weiping, deputy director of International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC), was also able to communicate smoothly with Tamdrin thanks to the iFLYTEK Translator. After setting up the translator fore Mandarin and Tibetan, Tamrin began a conversation with the deputy director. Whenever he finished uttering his sentences, the translator would soon produce a Tibetan translation.
While delivering a speech, Tamdrin shared with the attendees the inspiring changes in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze in recent years. He said: “I will keep striving to do my part for the great cause of cultural development and poverty reduction.”
Du Lan expressed her hope that iFLYTEK products will help more Tibetan people like Tamdrin learn Mandarin so that linguistic barriers can be overcome. Through surmounting this obstacle, new opportunities can emerge for business, development, and individual pursuits; and through providing translation services, iFLYTEK continues to push for the increased interconnectivity between people through language.