The 2019 World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) held in the east China metropolic Shanghai has provided exhibition-goers with a glimpse.
Themed “Intelligent Connectivity, Infinite Possibilities,” the WAIC focuses on an interconnected intelligent world enabled by the development of AI technologies.
A dozen of forums were held during the conference, with scientists and entrepreneurs discussing algorithms, brain-inspired intelligence technology, AI chips and AI robots, among which the dialogue between Tesla founder Elon Musk and Alibaba founder Jack Ma garnered the greatest attention.
Innovative AI products
At the innovative application area, 300 companies from around the world presented their latest AI products. One of them helps streamline the process of 3D modeling, whereby game developers can get 3D figures simply by drawing on a tablet.
After a user types in a brief description, a painting application utilizing AI technology can create an oil painting in three minutes based on artworks of over 200 masters throughout history. This is enabled by machine learning, which allows a computing device to predict outcomes without being explicitly programmed.
Waving a hand or making a gesture, exhibition-goers can see the shadow of their hands turn into vivid characters for a shadow puppet show based on the “The Legend of The White Snake,” one of four greatest Chinese folktales.
“Shadow puppetry is one of China’s intangible cultural heritages. We hope traditional Chinese culture can be showcased through machine learning and other innovative methods,” said Zhu Shuainan, another exhibitor.
AI application in daily life
AI in daily life is another highlight of the 2019 WAIC. A garbage classification monitoring system at the exhibition not only identifies people who throw away garbage, but also identifies the type of garbage. Meanwhile, the overflow of trash cans can be monitored in real time.
A real-time fire hazard warning system on display can quickly trace the source of fire and smoke by intelligent video thermal imaging technology. Portable and intelligent medical equipment is another eye-grabber.