China goes into feverish pursuit of AI tech and perfection

Liu Qingfeng, the chairman of iFlyTek, after his presentation at a conference in Beijing about artificial intelligence. CreditGiulia Marchi for The New York Times
China’s A.I. Advances Help Its Tech Industry, and State Security
BEIJING — During President Trump’s visit to Beijing, he appeared on screen for a special address at a tech conference. First he spoke in English. Then he switched to Mandarin Chinese. Mr. Trump doesn’t speak Chinese. The video was a publicity stunt, designed to show off the voice capabilities of iFlyTek, a Chinese artificial intelligence company with both innovative technology and troubling ties to Chinese state security. IFlyTek has said its technology can monitor a car full of people or a crowded room, identify a targeted individual’s voice and record everything that person says. “IFlyTek,” the image of Mr. Trump said in Chinese, “is really fantastic.” As China tests the frontiers of artificial intelligence, iFlyTek serves as a compelling example of both the country’s sci-fi ambitions and the technology’s darker dystopian possibilities ... for more, go to 

China goes into feverish pursuit of AI tech and perfection (VIDEO: China is now the global leader in AI deep learning research) (VIDEO: Robots Rise in China: AI and industry 4.0 enter high growth era in China) (VIDEO: China’s rail and road construction technology) (VIDEO: China’s Mega Projects) (VIDEO: China’s High-Speed Rail)

KUALA LUMPUR (January 2018): Is there a limit in the pursuit of superior technology?

As far a China is concerned, there is no limit.

Although it is advanced in many fields of technology, it continues to advance technology in a feverish pitch. (View the above video links)

The latest push for China is in the perfection and advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology with the construction of a US$2 billion (RM8 billion) AI research park.

China certainly knows how to ensure that investments and money are well spent - unlike governments that continue to build monuments and white elephants.

I Love Malaysia-China Silk Road notes that China’s investments into science, technology and research appear to be a consistent synergy aimed at business and economics with the foundation being laid by its multi-billion-dollar Belt Road Initiative (BRI).

AI is the global future and the US$2 billion pumped into AI research is also seen as ensuring the sustainability of its many other trans border efforts to promote business and economics.

China cannot afford to falter or lose its steam in the pursuit and perfection of new global technologies. Too much investments are at stake.

As long as China remains relevant in new global technologies, the communist state will continue to prosper and progress as a leading economy in the world.

Here’s what was reported by Reuters as posted by The Star Online:

"Beijing to build US$2bil AI research park

Wednesday, 3 Jan 2018
5:17 PM MYT

A skyscraper under construction in Beijing, China last year. Beijing is planning to build an artificial intelligence development park in the city's west. — Reuters

BEIJING: Beijing is planning to build a 13.8 billion yuan (US$2.1bil/RM8.54bil) artificial intelligence development park in the city's west, the official Xinhua news agency reported, as China pushes ahead to fulfil its ambition to become a world leader in AI by 2025.

The AI park will house up to 400 enterprises and have an estimated annual output of 50 billion yuan (RM30.95bil), Xinhua said, citing a report from authorities in Beijing's Mentougou district.

Zhongguancun Development Group, the developer of the project, will look to partner with foreign universities and build a "national-level" AI lab in the area, Xinhua added.

Zhongguancun Development and representatives for Beijing's Mentougou district could not be immediately reached for comment.

China's plan to fast-track AI development comes amid heightened tensions between Beijing and the United States over the competitive applications of AI in military technology.

China aims to grow the local industry to over 150 billion yuan (RM92.84bil) by 2020 and 400 billion yuan (RM247.562bil) by 2025, according to the State Council.

Locally, China has unveiled a series of plans to bolster talent, investment and research in AI, urging private, public and military firms to cooperate on national AI goals in a development roadmap released in 2017.

The country's burgeoning AI industry has also attracted foreign firms. Last month, Alphabet Inc's Google announced it would launch a Beijing-based AI research team, targeting local research talent, even though the US firm's search engine remains blocked behind China's firewall.

The new AI park will focus on attracting enterprises that work on big-data, biometric identification, deep learning and cloud computing, the Xinhua report said on Jan 3.

Beijing also recently released blueprints for an autonomous driving zone on the city's outskirts, dedicated to testing and developing local autonomous vehicles. — Reuters
Nvidia has built a large, lucrative market supplying hardware to AI projects, propelling its stock-market value up 10-fold in the past three years.
07:00 AM
IN JULY, CHINA’S government issued a sweeping new strategy with a striking aim: draw level with the US in artificial intelligence technology within three years, and become the world leader by 2030. A call for research projects from China’s Ministry of Science and Technology posted online last month fills in some detail on the government’s plans. And it puts Silicon Valley chipmaker Nvidia, the leading supplier of silicon for machine-learning projects, in the cross hairs … for more, go to