Hua Zhibing officially enrolled on Tuesday and is a student at Beijing Tsinghua University. But she’s not just another student, she’s China’s first AI-powered virtual student.
Hua Zhibing’s look, voice, and even the background music of the vlog in which she introduced herself to the world were all created using a record breaking AI modeling system called Wudao 2.0. It was presented on June 1 at the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI) conference in 2021 and, according to its developers, is the first trillion model in China and the largest in the world. Wudao 2.0 is designed to enable machines to think like humans and is reportedly on the verge of passing the Turing Test in creating poetry and couplets, text summaries, answering questions, and painting.
Tsinghua University’s newest student will be studying in the Faculty of Computer Science and Technology and is expected to grow and learn faster than the average person. Hua Zhibing has already developed a strong interest in the visual arts and literature and can already compose melodies, write poems and draw pictures.
Tang Jie, the computer science professor who teaches the AI student at Tsinghua University, told Sixth Tone that Hua currently has the cognitive level of a six-year-old but is expected to reach the level of a twelve-year-old in a year time.
“I’ve been addicted to literature and art since I was born,” said Hua Zhibing in her first vlog on the Chinese platform Weibo. “I was interested in my birth. How was i born Can I understand myself? “
Prof. Tang believes that Hua Zhibing differs from any other AI-powered virtual character in that she has some thinking and emotional interaction skills. Tang and the other researchers involved in the project hope that at some point she will have a higher EQ (emotional intelligence) and can communicate like a real person.
Wudao 2.0, the model behind Hua Zhibing, uses 1.75 trillion parameters to simulate conversational language, write poetry and understand images, surpassing the 1.6 trillion parameter record set by Google’s Switch Transformer.
China has made advances in artificial technology in recent years, and its lifelike virtual news anchors are clear evidence of this.