Artificial intelligence is entering a new era of technological developments as industries and consumers embrace new innovations, industry leaders said at the 2022 Global Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai.
The three-day conference that ended on Saturday brought together key industry and academic experts, while showcasing the latest products from more than 200 exhibitors in sectors including finance, healthcare, transportation and culture.
Sixth Tone lists some of the technological innovations that are reinventing people’s lives and the future.
Fall detection camera
Chinese tech giant Tencent has developed a smart camera that can spot a fall by detecting sudden changes in a person’s body movements. Dubbed the “invisible guardian,” the system immediately alerts a designated contact via text and phone call once the fall is confirmed.
Zhang Jiapei, a company representative, told Sixth Tone that the product aims to protect the elderly, especially those who live alone. In addition to anytime visual detections, Zhang said an updated version of the product will also trigger rescue alerts when users call for help using certain words.
Falls are the second leading cause of death from unintentional injuries worldwide, with people over the age of 60 accounting for half of those deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The camera’s fall-detection accuracy has reached more than 90 percent, the company said, adding that it will first promote the device in public nursing homes in Shenzhen, before following it in other places. ‘other cities.
“We want older people, especially those who live alone, to be immediately noticed and sent for treatment when they fall,” Zheng said. “As the country has an increasingly aging population, we hope the device can help protect their lives.”
Anti-fraud system for digital transactions
Ant Group, a fintech spin-off from Alibaba, has unveiled its intelligent risk control system to quickly detect and intervene in fraudulent digital transactions. One of the main features of the multi-layered mechanism is a 90-second alert call by the platform’s AI assistant.
Zhao Ke, a representative of Ant Group, told Sixth Tone that the system could provide personalized ratings by analyzing real-time feedback from users during the call and terminate the process if necessary.
“With this 90-second pause, we want to make our users understand what is going on by taking them away from the fraudulent transaction where they are asked to quickly complete the transaction,” Zhao said, adding that the communication could provide more information and improve system accuracy.
Other anti-fraud innovations include a 15-minute “cool-down period” and a 24-hour transfer delay. The company said the AI-powered system encompassed all kinds of frauds posted by law enforcement officials in its database and sent more than 500,000 alerts every day across all its applicable platforms, including the popular Alipay digital payment app.
COVID-19 tester robot
Flexiv, a Shanghai-based robotics company, has developed a robot capable of performing an automated COVID-19 test, from picking up a cotton swab to placing the sample in a tube.
Equipped with visual recognition technologies and highly flexible force sensors, the mechanical arm can identify the right point to pick people of different sizes, while ensuring that it is done in a safe and comfortable way. The swab takes about 28 seconds and the robot can test 240 people in two hours, a company staff member told Sixth Tone.
As frequent COVID-19 testing has become an essential tool for containing outbreaks, China is seeking to free medical workers from mass testing and reduce their exposure to the virus. In August, the country published its first industry standard on sampling machines, which helped to review existing products and regulate the sector.
(Header image: A woman tests a machine that collects COVID-19 oral swab samples during WAIC 2022, Shanghai, September 1, 2022. VCG)