Launched again in 2014, Microsoft’s Xiaoice (pronounced as “Shao-ice”) is an AI system that’s based mostly on an emotional computing framework. As a consequence, the Xiaoice chatbot, which is programmed to imitate an 18-year-old lady, acts as a digital companion for a lot of customers in China. The firm first launched the service in China and later expanded to Indonesia and Japan. And now, Xiaoice is popping right into a separate, unbiased firm.
The announcement (in Chinese) got here immediately from Microsoft’s Beijing division and it states that it’s to enhance the service by accelerating innovation. According to Microsoft, with this transfer, it goals to “accelerate the Xiaoice product line’s localized innovation, and to improve Xiaoice’s commercial ecosystem.”
According to the official assertion, Microsoft could have the fitting to spend money on the brand new firm to assist it to finish the event of Xiaoice expertise. The firm additionally pledges to proceed offering service to current prospects “with constant top quality and excessive stage of service.”
Now, trying on the stats, it seems just like the chatbot is kind of in style within the Chinese market. Microsoft says that the service has been adopted by greater than 660 million customers since its launch. And because the chatbot mimics a teenage lady with feelings, Microsoft claims that round 10 million customers (25%) have stated “I love you” to the chatbot!