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China's AI development surges ahead

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

03-24-2016 15:37 BJT

By Christina Kitova, associate partner Hodges Media Communications, based in Oklahoma City, USA

Alpha Go had proven this month that its AI (artificial intelligence) can defeat one of the top (human) players in the 3,000-year-old Chinese game, Go, which is said to have more possible board configurations than there are atoms in the universe.

AI research had started in the 1960's, but on a much smaller scale. During the 1970's, a number of universities had begun to launch courses on computer science degrees to develop additional theories in the field. 

Although it was a great initiative, the technician (human being) can manage better than a process controlled by a computer, which would explains why AI is gaining in popularity, since it utilizes the best of both worlds. The English Chinese Automatic Translation System was developed in 1982, which had achieved an over 90 percent accuracy rate.
In 2015, Dell announced a $125 billion (USD) investment into Chinese Artificial Intelligence over the span of the next five years and has been working with the Chinese Academy of Sciences on research and development (R&D).

The Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Automation is an important center for research in the field of China's brain and artificial intelligence research.  

Artificial intelligence has become a major priority for Microsoft's research lab in China, where more than 230 researchers are working on the next generation technology in areas including natural user interfaces and next-generation multimedia.

In 2014 Chinese Internet giant Baidu hired Andrew NG, who is a pioneer in the AI field. Baidu has been running AI projects and claims the intelligence of its AI systems is close to that of a three-year-old child.

Baidu is also investing in a popular and powerful machine-learning technology and had released some of its key code, which was used to create Deep Speech 2, speech recognition system.
In 2015 Alibaba added Artificial Intelligence to their cloud system. 

Artificial intelligence is also being used as a weather presenter in China. China is making a leap to become a leader in the race to develop human-like Artificial Intelligence. The new generation has an impressive skill-set. China's State Council supports the development of AI and has provided for its policy support.

There is a new valuation record that is expected to be set with a new start-up based on Cambrian, a deep learning processor that was invented by a team of researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The concept is to bring human-like Artificial Intelligence to mobile devices. Cambrian is named after the Paleozoic Era geological period. The Cambrian is unique in its unusually high proportion of lagerstätte sedimentary deposits.
There is also Horizon Robotics, which was founded in Beijing last year. The company is developing chips and software that will mimic how the human brain solves abstract tasks such as voice and image recognition.

Horizon Robotics will have its design completed by the summer of 2016 and have the product available for the market in 2017. 

China is ready to begin its implementation into the technological market place. The possibilities are endless and the interest is growing, especially in regard to the multitude of applications that can be applied and utilized with such technology.
From the market perspective, it is predicted that the global trade in artificial intelligence for the Chinese share will reach an estimated 9.1 billion yuan by 2020. China has great market demand in technical innovation from a commercial point of view.
With so many AI projects and China's government support, the nation appears on track to make a major leap in progress to become a leader in the field.


Christina Kitova, associate partner Hodges Media Communications, based in Oklahoma City, USA

( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )



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