'Flirty secretary' smart assistant taken offline in China
One of China's largest tech companies has taken its "flirtatious secretary" virtual assistant offline, following a suggestion that it objectified women.
The avatar, called Vivi, was designed to be built-in on a new virtual reality headset sold by iQiyi, the video platform owned by search giant Baidu.
The voice-controlled assistant could recommend films and video games, but could also be made to flirt and dance.
Vivi has now been taken offline for "modification", said iQiyi.
'Beta-testing version' The virtual reality headset was first announced in March, and Vivi was... read more
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