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China's iFlytek claims breakthrough in AI-powered voice recognition

Startup aims to put technology to use fighting phone scams in 2-3 years

iFlytek's research center in X'ian, where the deputy chief spoke with reporters. (Photo by Shunsuke Tabeta)

XI'AN, China -- Chinese artificial intelligence startup iFlytek says it has developed AI-powered technology that can accurately identify a person by his or her voice, for use in law enforcement.

The company expects to be able to roll out a voiceprint recognition system nationwide in two to three years, said Fu Zhonghua, the deputy head of iFlytek's research center here.

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