The Best April Fool Fake News in China

Tech companies rush to out-spoof each other in alarming AI comedy bonanza

Announcing joke projects on April Fool’s has become a trend among mainland tech companies in recent years. Here’s a round-up of this year’s best April Fool spoofs from China’s top tech firms, some which are so good that we wish they were true.

Canine Facial AI

Baidu officially “launched” its dog facial recognition technology, SAFI (System of Animal Facial Identification). A demo video on its official website showed a Labrador, with automatic access for its owner’s residential area and apartment with facial scans; going grocery shopping and paying with face swiping; and even picking up a package for its owner on the way back from a courier cabinet with facial-identification function.

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author Liu Jue

Liu Jue is the co-managing editor of The World of Chinese Magazine. She has a Master of Arts in Communication from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Minzu University. She has been working for TWOC since 2012. She is interested in covering history, traditional culture, and Chinese language.

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