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China Daily / 2020-10 / 17 / Page003

Hefei emerging as technology innovation powerhouse

By AN BAIJIE and ZHU LIXIN in Hefei | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-10-17 00:00

When the whole nation was engaged in the fight against COVID-19 earlier this year, many people received phone calls asking whether they had a fever, visited high-risk places or required medical attention.

Nearly 70 million such phone calls were made-not by humans, but by robots developed by Anhui province-based iFlytek. With its cutting-edge technology in intelligent speech recognition, the company managed to help patients get medical treatment and assist health authorities analyze situations.

In October last year, the company-dedicated to the development of artificial intelligence in the speech recognition sector-was added to the United States Entity List which prevents them from buying US-made technology.

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