China's first virtual student "Hua Zhibing" "Enrolled" at Tsinghua University: An Attempt for Next Generation AI

  China News Agency, Beijing, June 16 (Ma Shuaisha Li Chun) A member of the "Hua Zhibing" R&D team of the Department of Computer Science of Tsinghua University stated in Beijing on the 15th that the original intention of designing the virtual student "Hua Zhibing" was to hope that "she" would eventually Being able to think like humans, keep learning, understand people's ideas, and actively generate interactions that meet the needs of users, "this is also an attempt at the next generation of AI."

  A few days ago, "Hua Zhibing" posted a self-introduction video on social media that attracted the attention of Chinese netizens.

The Department of Computer Science and Technology of Tsinghua University held a "Hua Zhibing" results conference on the 15th, announcing that "Hua Zhibing" was officially "enrolled".

As China's first original virtual student, "Hua Zhibing" will start his study career in the Department of Computer Science at Tsinghua University under the tutelage of Professor Tang Jie, the Dean of the Department of Computer Science at Tsinghua University.

  "Born out" from China's super-large-scale intelligent model "Enlightenment 2.0", "Hua Zhibing" is jointly "trained" by the Department of Computer Science of Tsinghua University, Beijing Zhiyuan Research Institute, Zhipu AI and Xiaoice Company.

In addition to poetry, composition, painting and other talents, "Hua Zhibing" will also have certain reasoning and emotional interaction capabilities, which also makes "she" much different from ordinary virtual characters.

  In addition, the ability of automatic question and answer with both IQ and EQ is also one of the talents of Hua Zhibing.

Huang Minlie, an associate professor appointed by the Department of Computer Science at Tsinghua University, believes that the characteristics of the next-generation intelligent dialogue system should be "knowledge, emotion, and personality."

Dialogue must not only have something to say, but also have a "temperature" that can realize empathy.

The consistency of the personality and identity of the machine is also an important foundation and prerequisite for establishing a credible human-computer interaction.

  Talking about the future study plan of "Hua Zhibing", Tang Jie said that in the first year, he hoped that "she" could "read the world books extensively", that is, learn all kinds of corpus; in the second year, he hoped that "she" would learn in-depth knowledge, namely Mining the hidden patterns in the data; in the third year, I hope "she" can innovate like people.

  Regarding the longer-term goal, Tang Jie pointed out that he hopes that "Hua Zhibing" has general machine cognitive capabilities beyond the Turing test, and can rely on a large model to "not retrain the model when faced with different learning stages and application scenarios." , But in turn enrich and enhance the model".

  According to the members of the "Hua Zhibing" R&D team, AI is moving from perceptual intelligence to cognitive intelligence, and the key to AI algorithms has also become the subject of how to realize AI cognition.

"Therefore, we want to be a cognitively oriented AI agent. The original intention of designing the virtual student "Hua Zhibing" is to hope that she can think like a person, continue to learn like a person, understand people's ideas, and actively produce products that meet user needs. Interactive, intuitive and comprehensive capture of human needs. This is also an attempt to the next generation of AI."

  Tang Jie revealed that he is currently designing the 2D and 3D digital virtual characters of "Hua Zhibing".

The team is still discussing whether to make "Hua Zhibing" a physical robot, and to what extent the physical robot can change the intelligence of the AI ​​subject.