This A.I. Aims to Predict Winner of Chinese ‘American Idol’

Google’s Alpha Go artificial intelligence bot already beat the grandmaster of the ancient board game Go, but another A.I. from the prominent Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba arguably has a more daunting task ahead of it — picking the next Chinese equivalent of American Idol. Alibaba’s cloud computing arm has developed an artificial intelligence, simply dubbed “Ai,” which will attempt to predict Friday’s winner of the Chinese singing contest show I’m a Singer on Hunan TV, potentially showing off the software’s ability to anticipate human behavior. Seven finalists remain for the contest show and only one will be chosen as the winner on Friday as decided by the show’s judges and 500 live audience members. Ai will attempt to use metrics to determine the purity of the singer’s voices, the popularity…


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