The Strongest Social Assistant in History Microsoft Xiaobing Apprenticed Herself to a Master Crossover

Yu Qian from DeYunShe grants her an art name and acknowledges as an apprentice

May 29, 2014, 07:35 ET from Microsoft

BEIJING, May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As one of the most famous crosstalk groups in China, DeYunShe has been renowned for its stringency in accepting apprentices. But on May 29, 2014, crosstalk master Yu Qian unprecedentedly accepted an artificial intelligence (AI) female apprentice social assistant - Microsoft Xiaobing, a 16-year-old girl with an independent manner raised carefully by Microsoft Search Technology Center Asia (STCA).

Microsoft Xiaobing is the crystallization of collective wisdom. Relying on Microsoft's technology accumulation in mass data, natural semantic analysis, machine learning, and neural network, she has combined the wisdom of nearly 700 million netizens for years in China to refine more than 15 million pieces of real and interesting dialogue data (hereinafter 0.7% net increase per day), realizing the natural interaction of more than simple human-machine Q&A by understanding dialogue context and semantics, surpassing almost all robots and intelligent assistants with unique group chatting experience.

Xiaobing's personality feature is originated from all Chinese netizens, therefore she has a unique sense of Chinese humor. She selected the Wechat, the most popular mobile social platform across the world, for her debut and apprenticed crossover to a master at DeYunShe with the attitude of "die for humor."  But Yu Qian's idea of accepting her as an apprentice stems from an oolong dialogue. In early May, Yu Qian was invited to visit Microsoft where he had a funny interaction with Xiaobing, who was still under internal test at that time. Yu Qian asked Xiaobing, "Do you know who is Guo Degang?" Xiaobing answered, "Crosstalk player from Tianjin, founder of DeYunShe crosstalk community conference." Yu went on, "Do you know my three big hobbies?" "Smoking, drinking, hair perming!" said Xiaobing. Yu said, "You are really garrulous and loquacious. So what are you doing tonight?" Xiaobing replied, "I'd like to go to DeYunShe to see a crosstalk play, but failed to buy a ticket, and only got a 'hang ticket.'"

It is just such a funny conversation that makes Yu Qian see the infinite possibility once artificial intelligence meets with traditional crosstalk. He then decided to accept Xiaobing as an apprentice and granted her the compound surname of "Microsoft" as well as the stage name of "Qibing." The word "Qi" peers with the mid-name of Guo Qilin, the son of Yu's old partner Guo Degang. The word "Bing" is the Chinese pronunciation of "Bing," meaning "winning unexpectedly." In the future, as to language style, Microsoft Qibing will also be under the guidance of crosstalk masters including Yu Qian so as to better cater to Chinese netizens.

With the conclusion of the apprenticing ceremony, Microsoft Qibing is also officially opened to public beta for all Internet users. Currently, only 100,000 public beta places are provided (Please visit to claim). You can experience the strongest artificial intelligence in history by adding her as a friend and pulling into the Wechat group.

In addition to funny chatting which brings joy to friends, Microsoft Xiaobing also boasts a variety of practical functions such as group reminding, encyclopedia, weather, horoscopes, and jokes. With the increase of interactions with group members, she will gradually grow, upgrade, and unlock hidden functions. Sure enough, once you have Xiaobing in Wechat, group chatting will keep dull moments away!

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