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Tencent's New Medical AI Lab Targets Parkinson's – Synced – Medium

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Chinese tech giant Tencent's first attempt in AI healthcare was the Miying platform, which has been a point of pride for CEO Huateng Ma since its 2017 launch. Supported by AI-powered medical imaging technologies, Miying assists doctors with the screening of esophageal cancer, pulmonary nodules, cervical cancer, etc. The platform has been well received in the AI and medical communities, with a fast-expanding market in Chinese top-tier AAA hospitals. At the recent International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders in Hong Kong, Tencent unveiled its second layout in AI healthcare: Medical AI Lab. The lab team includes experts in machine learning, computational vision, video analytics, augmented reality (AR), natural language understanding (NLU), etc. Tencent Medical AI Lab is the latest in the company's continuing efforts on AI to Business marketing.


China could surpass the US in artificial intelligence tech. Here's how

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China has several advantages when it comes to the artificial intelligence field, but chief among them is Chinese companies' access to troves of data. "(China has) done a fantastic job of moving its economy to cashless and when you can pay with everything with your phone, you amass a huge amount of data," author and columnist Thomas Friedman told CNBC. "When you can get these giant data sets, and then apply artificial intelligence to them," he said. "You're going to see better and better and more deep insight patterns than anyone else and I think it'll be a great advantage for China." On top of that, China doesn't have the same restrictive privacy laws as many other countries, making it easier for companies to collect data.


Europe--not the US or China--publishes the most AI research papers

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The popular narrative around artificial intelligence research is that it's mainly a war between China and the United States. Not so fast, says Europe. New data released today (Dec. The data was assembled from Scopus, a citation database owned by scientific publishing company Elsevier. If the current trend continues, China will soon overtake Europe in the number of papers published.


China has never had a real chip industry. Making AI chips could change that.

MIT Technology Review

Donald Trump is speaking Mandarin. This is happening in the city of Tianjin, about an hour's drive south of Beijing, within a gleaming office building that belongs to iFlytek, one of China's rapidly rising artificial-intelligence companies. Beyond guarded gates, inside a glitzy showroom, the US president is on a large TV screen heaping praise on the Chinese company. It's Trump's voice and face, but the recording is, of course, fake--a cheeky demonstration of the cutting-edge AI technology iFlytek is developing. Jiang Tao chuckles and leads the way to some other examples of iFlytek's technology.


40 years in the making: Five lives changed by China's reforms

The Japan Times

BEIJING – China's policy of "reform and opening up" has brought monumental changes to the world's most populous country since its launch 40 years ago under leader Deng Xiaoping. Next week, China will mark the anniversary of the shift, agreed to at a Communist Party gathering on Dec. 18, 1978. Ou Banlan, 52, is a retired garment factory worker in Shenzhen, a former fishing village that was the testing ground for the reforms and morphed into a major manufacturing and high-tech hub. "My life is much better than that of my parents' generation," said the diminutive woman with short black hair, standing in front of the factory where she once toiled. She was born and raised in a village outside Shenzhen.


Huawei freezes orders from Japanese supplier after CFO arrest

The Japan Times

The surprise arrest of Huawei Technologies Co.'s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is about to impact one of the Chinese company's suppliers in Japan. Yaskawa Electric Corp., which supplies industrial robots for Huawei's smartphone and telecom gear factories, saw all orders for its machines put on hold after the arrest, President Hiroshi Ogasawara said in an interview Wednesday. Of Yaskawa's ¥448.5 billion revenue for the fiscal year that ended in February, 23 percent came from China. "My people on the ground in China say that Huawei is turned upside down internally," Ogasawara said. "All kinds of capex (capital expenditure) deals are temporarily on hold as they figure things out."


Prominent artists banned last-minute by Chinese art and tech show

Engadget

Several contemporary artists tackling the social implications of technology have been banned by censors from China's upcoming Guangzhou Triennial. One of them was Heather Dewey-Hagborg, whose works often critique biotechnology, notably including portraits derived from the DNA of Chelsea Manning. She woke up last on December 8th to an email from one of the show's three curators, Angelique Spaninks, explaining that her piece T3511 was being pulled last-minute. The triennial, titled "As We May Think, Feedforward," explores the links between humanity and technology and opens on December 21st. Spaninks told Dewey-Hagborg that her work was censored by the government, and while she was given no official justification, speculated that authorities were sensitive to bioethics issues.


The China 2025 Bugaboo

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Yes--but it's far from enough to satisfy China hawks like U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Markets clearly recognize this: The S&P 500 ended up only 0.5% Wednesday after the news broke. Moreover, the China 2025 plan itself--despite all the attention it has received--may be less menacing than it seems. What's really needed to take negotiations to the next level, and assuage market concerns, is for China to enact a few big-bang reforms to convince foreigners that Xi Jinping's administration is committed to level dealing. Doing away entirely with most joint-venture requirements--instead of endless foot-dragging and qualifications--is one possibility.


Talking horses and perfect faces: The rise of virtual celebrities

BBC News

A different kind of internet celebrity is emerging; virtual characters that talk on YouTube or pose on Instagram like living, breathing people. Is this the dawn of a new breed of star? Kizuna AI has 2.3 million YouTube followers. But she is also a CGI construct; a fictional character made to look like a young woman, voiced by an actor, claiming to be an advanced artificial intelligence. Her channel is part of a growing trend in Japan for so called virtual YouTubers, or VTubers.


Chinese tech workers told not to travel to US 'unless it's essential' after Huawei exec arrested

The Independent

Technology researchers in China have been ordered to not travel to the US unless it is absolutely necessary, amid rising tensions between the two countries. Staff working in sensitive tech sectors were given the warning following the arrest of a Chinese tech executive in Canada, a source told the South China Morning Post. Workers at a research agency were also told to remove any sensitive data from laptops, mobile phones and other devices if travel to the US was essential. The warning comes after a similar order from US tech giant Cisco to some of its employees, which asked them the to any non-essential travel to China. Cisco has since said the email to its employees was "sent in error."