Baidu launches Duer digital assistant to take on Siri, Cortana and Google Now

Baidu’s Duer will be able to respond to voice queries order food and give recommendations and advice about pets. Photograph: ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images Chinese technology company Baidu, often labelled as China’s Google has launched a digital assistant to take on rivals from Apple, Microsoft and Google. Unveiled at the company’s Baidu World conference in Beijing on Tuesday, the new Siri-like virtual assistant called “Duer”, which roughly translates to “Du Secretary”, is built into the Baidu Android search app installed on millions of smartphones across China. Baidu has pioneered artificial intelligence research, rivalling US tech companies including Google, Apple and Facebook, and is the only company of its scale to operate within the space from outside the US. Duer will allow users in Chinese users to order food and access…


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