iFlytek

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iFlytek
TypePublic; State-owned enterprise
SZSE: 002230
IndustryInformation technology
Founded1999; 22 years ago (1999)
Headquarters,
China
Area served
speech synthesis, speech recognition and natural language processing
Websiteiflytek.com

iFlytek (Chinese: 科大讯飞; pinyin: Kēdà Xùnfēi), styled as iFLYTEK, is a partially state-owned Chinese information technology company established in 1999.[1] It creates voice recognition software and 10+ voice-based internet/mobile products covering education, communication, music, intelligent toys industries.[2] State-owned enterprise China Mobile is the company's largest shareholder.[3] The company is listed in the Shenzhen Stock Exchange with market capitalization at 25 billion RMB and it is backed by several state-owned investment funds.[4][5]

In 2018, iFlytek signed a five-year collaboration agreement with the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.[6] In 2020, the agreement was terminated due to human rights concerns.[7]

Controversy[edit]

In October 2019, iFlytek was sanctioned by the United States for allegedly using its technology for surveillance and human rights abuses in Xinjiang.[8][9][2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ben Chiang (23 March 2012). "iFlytek Announces All New Voice Cloud and Siri-like Product". TechNode. Archived from the original on 1 December 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-24. Note: byline reads "Ben Jiang", but author webpage URL lists last name as "Chiang".
  2. ^ a b Hvistendahl, Mara (May 18, 2020). "How a Chinese AI Giant Made Chatting—and Surveillance—Easy". Wired. Archived from the original on May 18, 2020. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  3. ^ Harney, Alexandra (June 13, 2019). "Risky partner: Top U.S. universities took funds from Chinese firm tied to Xinjiang security". Reuters. Archived from the original on November 9, 2019. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Mark Lee (2012-08-24). "China Mobile to Acquire 15% of Voice-Recognition Company". Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg L.P. Archived from the original on 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
  5. ^ Dai, Sarah (July 17, 2019). "China's voice recognition champion iFlytek gets US$407 million funding boost from state investors". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on November 9, 2019. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  6. ^ Conner-Simons, Adam (June 15, 2018). "CSAIL launches new five-year collaboration with iFlyTek". MIT News. Archived from the original on September 28, 2019. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Knight, Will (2020-04-21). "MIT Cuts Ties With a Chinese AI Firm Amid Human Rights Concerns". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Archived from the original on 2020-04-21. Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  8. ^ "US sanctions 8 China tech companies over role in Xinjiang abuses". The Nikkei. Reuters. October 8, 2019. Archived from the original on November 9, 2019. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  9. ^ Strumpf, Dan; Kubota, Yoko (October 8, 2019). "Expanded U.S. Trade Blacklist Hits Beijing's Artificial-Intelligence Ambitions". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on November 8, 2019. Retrieved November 9, 2019.

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