Technology: Alibaba’s AI predicts winners of China’s reality TV show

(From WSJ)

Forget artificial intelligence for board games. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. used artificial intelligence to predict the winner of a popular Chinese reality TV singing competition – and got the winner and finalists all correct.

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The winners chosen by Alibaba’s ‘Ai, (left) and the winners chosen by the judges of Hunan TV’s ‘I Am a Singer.’

On Friday night, the cloud-computing arm of Alibaba, Aliyun — or Alibaba Cloud — used “Ai,” its artificial intelligence program, during the four-hour finale of Hunan TV’s “I Am a Singer.” The program worked to choose winners as the audience of 500 people who served as judges independently deliberated. The Ai predictions were featured live during the finale.

The show is a local adaption of the South Korean show “ I Am A Singer” and has been one of the most popular TV shows in China since its debut in 2013. Singers on the show are mostly veteran professional singers who have passed their peak.

Chinese-American singer Coco Lee was crowned the champion, singing a Chinese version of “A Love Before Time,” an Oscar-nominated ballad from the 2000 film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” During Friday’s performance, Ms. Lee wore the same gown as when she performed the song during the Oscar Awards ceremony in 2001. Read More

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