In China, ‘super brain’ AI robot takes on humans in reality TV show

Baidu’s AI boss, Andrew Ng, pictured left with the host of ‘Super Brain’ and Baidu’s robot, Xiaodu.

A robot is invading a popular reality TV show in China that tests people’s brainpower. The smart, AI-powered bot, Xiaodu, will take on human competitors in complex trials involving face and voice recognition.

Super Brain, the Chinese version of The Brain franchise, will dedicate the whole of season four, starting tonight, to the theme of supercomputers versus humans. The AI robot built by search engine giant Baidu is one of the contestants, facing off against four people and other clever computer programs.