Alibaba’s AI Program Successfully Predicts Winners of Chinese Reality Show

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, attends the 2015 China Green Companies summit on April 21, 2015 in Shenyang, China. The real winner of China’s wildly popular reality TV show I Am Singer wasn’t one of the contestants — it wasn’t even human. Instead, what captured viewers attention most was Alibaba Group’s artificial intelligence program, which made its global debut on the program to predict the series finalists and winner. Named “Ai,” the system got every one of its algorithm-induced guesses right. I Am Singer, broadcast by Hunan TV, has been one of China’s top-rated shows since its debut in 2013. During the show’s four-hour season finale on Friday, Alibaba’s Ai analyzed various factors in real time, such as the popularity of the songs contestants performed, their pitch and energy…


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