Chinese owned AI
giant, SenseTime, has launched a series of web tools to help students cope with
missing school due to the risks associated with the 2019-nCoV outbreak.
The company said it would offer its proprietary digital learning platform for free.
This offer was made in response to the Chinese Education Ministry’s call to assist with the ongoing crisis as classes have been suspended for the spring term. The platform is set to alleviate pressure on the nation’s nearly 180 million students.
The learning program offers an AI-centric curriculum to empower students with “AI knowledge and mentality”, according to officials at SenseTime.
Students can access the content via various online learning platforms and the popular Chinese video-sharing website Bilibili. Training materials offered to teachers provide content such as AI development and distance-learning guides and techniques.
Around 250 schools on the Chinese mainland have already adopted a basic AI curriculum developed by the company. Administrative regions in Hong Kong and Macau have also taken up SenseTime’s digital offering.
A company statement
emphasised the role of AI in shaping next-generation technology. Free
live stream, face-to-face lessons will be included as part of the company’s
The launch comes shortly after other companies such as Alibaba’s DingTalk and Tencent’s WeChat made similar approaches during the recent epidemic. The Chinese government has also launched a cloud-based AI learning program and other interactive initiatives.