Meet Tong Tong: The Child of AI's New Dawn

Meet Tong Tong: The Child of AI's New Dawn
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In China, an award-winning AI scientist has pushed the boundaries of technology and imagination by creating "Little Girl," or Tong Tong, the world's first AI child capable of autonomous learning and showing human-like emotions. It seems the sci-fi movie The Creator is becoming reality faster than anticipated!


Unlike traditional AI, Tong Tong can independently initiate tasks, adapt to her environment, and even clean up spills, showcasing an advanced level of general artificial intelligence akin to a 3-4 year old child.

This innovation, emerging from the Beijing Institute for General Artificial Intelligence, highlights a significant leap towards understanding and developing AI entities that can seamlessly integrate into human environments. The initiative is not just a technical marvel but a philosophical exploration into the essence of learning, interaction, and the blending of artificial intellect with human emotional complexity.

Zhu Songchun, the mind behind this breakthrough, emphasizes the importance of AI entities that can comprehend real-world dynamics and possess a broad spectrum of skills, guided by a value system that mirrors human principles. This development raises intriguing questions about the future role of AI in society, how these entities could enhance human life, and the ethical considerations of creating machines with the capacity for emotional intelligence.

As we welcome AI entities like Tong Tong into our world, bridging gaps between technological capability and human emotional depth, how will our societal, ethical, and interpersonal landscapes transform in response to our new digital progeny?

Read the full story on The Star.


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Dr Mark van Rijmenam

Dr Mark van Rijmenam

Dr Mark van Rijmenam is The Digital Speaker. He is a leading strategic futurist who thinks about how technology changes organisations, society and the metaverse. Dr Van Rijmenam is an international innovation keynote speaker, 5x author and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Datafloq and the author of the book on the metaverse: Step into the Metaverse: How the Immersive Internet Will Unlock a Trillion-Dollar Social Economy, detailing what the metaverse is and how organizations and consumers can benefit from the immersive internet. His latest book is Future Visions, which was written in five days in collaboration with AI. Recently, he founded the Futurwise Institute, which focuses on elevating the world’s digital awareness.