iFLYTEK’s Founder and Chairman Liu Qingfeng recently unveiled a plan to utilize AI solutions to meet the daily needs of the elderly community and assist people in their daily lives. The “iFLYTEK Super Brain 2030 Plan,” will utilize artificial intelligence solutions that can understand, improve, and evolve so that demographic challenges do not impede quality care and so everyone can make use of smart solutions.
According to Liu, iFLYTEK has made preparations for the rollout of the “iFLYTEK Super Brain 2030 Plan”. Two years ago, the company established a robot laboratory with the University of Science and Technology of China to conduct research. Through this collaboration, a prototype of an exoskeleton robot capable of supporting rehabilitative training has been developed to help the elderly and disabled walk independently; research on a bionic dog has been completed with the design work underway; and the development of smart driving cars and a high-precision navigation module have been completed. Through such joint research endeavors, iFLYTEK is working to develop the robots of the future.
The “iFLYTEK Super Brain 2030 Plan” is divided into three stages, with each expected to see progress in enhancing the level of intelligence of robots so that they are able to “understand, learn, and evolve,” according to Chairman Liu.
In the first stage from 2022 to 2023, iFLYTEK plans to make breakthroughs in bionic robot technology, multi-modal perception and expression technology, and active dialogue technology. Simultaneously, based on the virtual figure platform launched at the 2021 iFLYTEK 1024 Global Developer Festival, the company will enable virtual AI assistants to acquire knowledge in professional fields including education, healthcare, finance, and customer to create a collection of professional virtual assistants that can assist human beings in the virtual world. iFLYTEK will release its first professional virtual assistant in the fourth quarter of 2022 and then produce an array of professional virtual assistants by 2023.
In addition, iFLYTEK has developed an adolescent depression screening platform based on multimodal perception, understanding, and natural dialogue interaction technologies to aid the mental health of children and adolescents across the country. This platform, made in cooperation with the Beijing Anding Hospital, will be available to the entire country and will be launched in 2023, according to Liu.
In the second stage from 2023 to 2025, the company aims to develop exoskeleton robots that are capable of adaptive walking to allow the disabled and elderly walk independently. Furthermore, iFLYTEK will create virtual assistants to assist in an ever-growing list of areas, with multi-modal emotion understanding to fully make use of the potential of virtual solutions. For example, when parents are working away on business travels, iFLYTEK’s bionic pet dogs can stay by their children as they do homework or play, and protect them from dangers, Liu said.
In the third stage from 2025 to 2030, iFLYTEK seeks to create companion robots that can understand, learn, and evolve to accompany people in both the virtual and real world. This requires breakthroughs in decision fusion technology in complex scenarios, compliant actuation, cross-modal fusion independent learning, common sense reasoning, and associative decision-making technologies. iFLYTEK hopes that through breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and in its capacity in both hardware and software, it will meet the rigid demands of human beings and help them better embrace the future.
By 2030, when people in China witness declining birth rates in an aging society, iFLYTEK will make use of its technologies in both software and hardware development to bring companion robots into millions of households, to meet their needs and to help them better cope with the future.