Meet Tong Tong — the first ever AI kid robot

09:34 PM | 11 Feb, 2024
Tong Tong
Source: South China Morning Post

In an unprecedented leap in the technological world, Chinese scientists introducted, Tong Tong, the world’s first virtual AI kid. The name, Tong Tong, means ‘little girl’ in English. The virtual kid possesses the behavior and capabilities of a three or four years old child. 

Tong Tong can reportedly autonomously perform tasks such as exploring her surroundings, organizing rooms, and removing stains. Tong Tong can enhance her skills, knowledge, and values by interacting with humans. It has a vocabulary of more than 600 words, and is able to learn like a child.

Tong Tong was introduced at the Frontier of General Artificial Intelligence Technology Exhibition, which was recently held in Beijing, supported by the Beijing Institute for General Artificial Intelligence (BIGAI), international media outlets reported.

At the exhibition, it connected with visitors while also displaying its human-like qualities, media portals further suggested.

The ceremony also displayed a program video that stated, “Tong Tong possesses a mind and strives to understand the common sense taught by humans. It added, “She discerns right from wrong, expresses her attitudes in various situations, and has the power to shape the future,” media portals reported.

South China Morning Post reported that the exhibition also saw BIGAI’s director, Zhu Songchun, introducing ‘the Tong test’. The test served as a replacement for the Turing Test for general AI. Turing Test differentiaes a between a human or AI speaking to a robot, whereas, the Tong test offers with a wider set of parameters.

Zhu, while speaking to the South China Morning Post, “To advance towards general artificial intelligence, we must create entities that can comprehend the real world and possess a wide range of skills." He added, “Unlike the AI-powered robots you might have seen in films like Terminator, Tong Tong does not have a physical form."

The writer is a staff member.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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