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Anhui to Push for USD2.3 Billion AI Industry by 2020

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Eastern China's Anhui province plans to strengthen research and development into artificial intelligence to value the regional sector at over CNY15 billion (USD2.3 billion) by 2020. The program will center around an industry park specialized in speech recognition, China Speech Valley, in the provincial capital Hefei, state-owned news agency Xinhua reported. The scheme will support companies, universities and research institutes to broaden applications in agriculture, manufacturing, education, medicine and urban management. "China Speech Valley will provide the scientific and education resources," said Qi Dongfeng, head of operations at the park. "The program will focus on industrial applications up and down the supply chain, with research directed at chips, algorithms, smart voice products and intelligent sensors."


ConnecTechAsia Singapore 2018

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The connected revolution is well underway!! With a plethora of technological innovations, enterprises are now digitally transforming and setting new benchmarks. From innovating and evolving to scaling; they must juggle many elements in their quest for successful digital business transformation. Kellton Tech is exhibiting at ConnecTechAsia Singapore Summit 2018, which brings together over 2,000 exhibitors from across the industry. These three days are fortified with keynote sessions that will unearth discussions around AI, Machine Learning, Blockchain Technology Applications, Cybersecurity and Defence, Enterprise IoT, Smart Cities & Connected Industries, Cloud and Big Data, AR/ VR, Immersive Realities, and much more.


New EU law could completely change how the internet works and outlaw memes, campaigners claim

The Independent

The European Parliament is about to vote on a new law that campaigners claim could completely change "the free and open internet as we know it." If passed, Article 13 would mean that large internet platforms like Facebook and Reddit would need to introduce automated filters that captured copyrighted content uploaded by their users. It would potentially mean that tech companies would be forced to scan every single thing posted to their sites – and take down anything they think might be stolen. Campaigners warned that one of the biggest casualties of the proposed legislation would be online memes, which often use images that are subject to copyright. Prominent figures from the tech industry wrote an open letter to the President of the European Parliament warning that Article 13 represented an "imminent threat" to the future of the internet.


Space invaders turns 40: How to play the classic game, and why people love to so much

The Independent

Space Invaders, perhaps the most classic game ever made, is turning 40. The game was released in 1978, and in the years since has gone on to influence the entirety of culture. Its consequences were felt not only in games, but across various media, but across science fiction. It changed the way games worked. It was the first major game to depict its own world, rather than simulating something that already exists; it introduced central concepts, like the high score and multiple lives.


Google Translate: How does the search giant's multilingual interpreter actually work?

The Independent

Google Translate has become the internet's go-to resource for short, quick translations from foreign languages. The service was first launched in April 2006, seeing off early competition from the likes of Babel Fish. It now boasts more than 500m users daily worldwide, offering 103 languages. But how exactly does it work? How does Google News actually work?


Google, China, and Artificial Intelligence: Deep Moral Pitfalls Lurk There

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Google recently announced it would be pulling out of a high profile DARPA Artificial Intelligence (AI) program called MAVEN citing ethics concerns and a petition from 4,000 of its employees. This decision came just before The Economist ran a cover story detailing the Chinese government's brutal oppression of the Uyghur population in the Zinjang province of western China. Uyghurs are a Muslim Turkic minority, ethnically and religiously distinct from the ruling Han Chinese. The Chinese government has turned the province into a technologically enabled police state, with invasive monitoring of all forms of communication, biometric identity controls, and novel applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence. In December, Google announced it would be opening a new AI research center in China, expanding its existing presence in the country.


Busy Britons are suffering from 'gadget confusion', study claims

The Independent

Busy Britons are suffering from "gadget confusion," a study has found. Research revealed millions are baffled by the number of buttons, symbols and switches on devices which are difficult to use. It also emerged a large percentage claim they don't have the time to read instructions and three quarters confessed to being confused by gadgets. Why the connected home's best place might be the garden New at-home beauty gadgets you need to try The latest smart gadgets keep homes cosy -- and safe -- all year round The best kitchen gadgets for creating healthy meals, fast Why the connected home's best place might be the garden Another eight in 10 admitted using a "trial and error" approach when it comes to their devices and appliances. And more than a third can't be bothered to try different settings or options.


Beijing subways may soon get facial recognition and hand scanners

Engadget

A bio-ID surveillance framework that can recognize subway users may soon come to Beijing. China Daily reports two forms of bio-recognition being put forward -- palm touch and facial recognition. Together, they could offer a viable long-term solution to ease congestion issues and help reduce fare evasion. Beijing's subway is the world's busiest; it groans under the weight of around 10 million daily commuters and is a prime candidate for ticketless operations. That's where the bio-ID tracking comes in: once properly installed, cameras with online network connections would be able to identify individuals entering the city's subway stations, and palm scanning devices would allow riders to use their hands in lieu of a traditional tickets.


Google AI can predict when people will die with '95 per cent accuracy'

The Independent

The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


This Week In China Tech: Court Systems Powered By AI, The Greater Bay Becomes Borderless, And More

Forbes Technology

This week saw a lot of Greater Bay Area announcements with electronic border crossings powered by WeChat, one of the world's largest logistics hubs powered by Alibaba and artificial intelligence powering Chinese courtrooms. China is pushing the boundaries of technology more than any other country and This Week In China Tech is the best way for you to stay on top of the stories that matter most. Tencent's WeChat E-Pass To Allow Seamless Border Crossing In The Greater Bay Area China's Greater Bay Area is one of the country's most important strategic initiatives, connecting 11 cities and 67 million people into the world's first true "megacity." The Greater Bay is focused on rivaling America's Silicon Valley, but one of the largest challenges has been the multiple borders between Hong Kong, Macau, and Guangdong. Enter Tencent, China's version of Facebook, with their WeChat E-Pass that will allow their 1 billion users with Chinese IDs to link their IDs to their cell phone and cross these three borders seamlessly (article in Chinese).