Partnership with ITAR-TASS and Xinhua News Agency drives innovation in media industry by leveraging Sogou's AI-enabled technologies
BEIJING, June 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Sogou Inc. (SOGO) ("Sogou" or "the Company"), an innovator in search and a leader in China's internet industry, today announced the launch of the world's first Russian-speaking AI News Anchor at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2019 which was held June 6-8. The Russian-speaking AI News Anchor was developed through a partnership with ITAR-TASS, Russia's leading news agency, and Xinhua News Agency, the national news agency of China. On the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Russia, the partnership between ITAR-TASS, Xinhua News Agency and Sogou celebrates a new era of strategic cooperation between the two countries.
ITAR-TASS is Russia's leading news agency and one of the largest news organizations in the world. It serves an extensive network of corporates, mass media organizations, diplomatic missions, and financial and research institutions with quality news via a network of 1,500 reporters in over 63 countries. The partnership not only highlights growing global recognition of Sogou's AI-enabled technologies, but also supports ongoing innovation and integration of advanced technologies in the media industry.
"We are very excited to launch the world's first Russian-speaking AI News Anchor," said Xiaochuan Wang, CEO of Sogou. "The development of the Russian-speaking AI News Anchor allows us to share the benefits of Sogou's leading AI technologies with more diverse audiences around the world. As one of the world's largest news organizations, ITAR-TASS is an ideal partner for Sogou, and we look forward to introducing this new AI News Anchor to Russian-speaking audiences."
The Russian-speaking AI News Anchor features Sogou's latest advances in speech synthesis, image detection and prediction capabilities, introducing more engaging and interactive content for ITAR-TASS audiences. As a leader in AI, Sogou's technologies are constantly evolving to set the standard for more seamless interaction between humans and machines, and the AI News Anchor provides a more natural viewing experience for audiences by incorporating lifelike expressions, gestures and mannerisms.
This partnership marks the second time that Sogou's AI News Anchor technology has been leveraged by an international media platform. In April this year, Sogou announced a partnership with Abu Dhabi Media to jointly develop the world's first Arabic-speaking AI News Anchor. In November last year, Sogou debuted the world's first AI News Anchor, developed in partnership with Xinhua News Agency, a leading national media platform in China. Chinese and English-speaking AI News Anchors are now in action every day on Xinhua's website, providing daily news broadcasts.
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Sogou Inc. (SOGO) is an innovator in search and a leader in China's internet industry. With a mission to make it easy to communicate and get information, Sogou has grown to become the second largest search engine by mobile queries and the fourth largest internet company by MAU in China. Sogou has a wide range of innovative products and services including the Sogou Input Method, which is the largest Chinese language input software for both mobile and PC. Sogou is also at the forefront of AI development and has made significant breakthroughs in voice and image technologies, machine translation, and Q&A, which have been successfully integrated into our products and services.
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