If the pandemic has taught the world anything, it's that we are capable of moving much, much faster to make change. By one measure, 42 percent of the workforce in America alone was working from home in June. Now, as we seek to combat COVID-19, 155 vaccines are in development, including 10 vaccines undergoing phase 3 trials; many of these teams are already achieving encouraging results in remarkably short order. Several 1,000-bed hospitals were built in China in just over a week. Doctors are seeing 50 to 175 times the number of patients via telemedicine as they did pre-COVID.
WASHINGTON: China may lead the world in some aspects of artificial intelligence, such as surveillance and censorship. But in the ways that matter most for future warfare, "the US is still ahead compared to China [in terms of] sophistication and breadth," says the acting director of the Pentagon's Joint AI Center. "The question becomes, how can we quickly adopt this and bring this into the DoD?" Nand Mulchandani asked. It's not the US Department of Defense that's leading the world on AI – although there are definitely some clever coders in the DoD – but American companies, which have invested massively in cutting-edge techniques driven by such mundane missions as targeting online advertising. "[We're] absorbing and wielding it, as opposed to building it from scratch," he said, and that's a big advantage.
Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) recently hosted its annual Baidu World Conference in Beijing to showcase its latest technologies. The theme of this year's conference was the "Intelligence of Everything," with a heavy emphasis on artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in cars, wearables, and other connected devices. Let's examine four of these new AI technologies, how they'll expand Baidu's ecosystem, and whether or not they can strengthen its core business -- which still faces stiff competition from growing rivals like Tencent (OTC:TCEH.Y), Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), and ByteDance. Baidu announced that its autonomous vehicles have undergone six million kilometers of open road tests, carried 100,000 passengers across 27 cities, and experienced zero accidents. Baidu also showcased a fully autonomous robotaxi, which can carry passengers without a backup driver, and a new autonomous valet parking feature, and revealed a 5G "remote driving" feature which will allow human drivers to remotely control vehicles in case of emergencies.
Now similar experiments are spreading as companies double down on plans to reduce social contact in stores. A survey published by McKinsey & Co. in July found that most consumers in the U.S. and China who changed their shopping habits during the pandemic expect the change to stick after the crisis. Get weekly insights into the ways companies optimize data, technology and design to drive success with their customers and employees. Giant Eagle Inc. recently hired cashier-free technology company Grabango Co. to introduce checkout-free shopping at a GetGo convenience store in Pittsburgh. And Mastercard is introducing its Shop Anywhere system, built on Accel Robotics Corp.'s computer vision technology, in the final quarter of this year.
Since the 1950s, science fiction has been telling the world we will soon be living with robots. While robots have emerged, they have been mostly kept to heavy industry, where machines can perform dangerous, hot and unpleasant repetitive tasks to a high standard. But China is pioneering the move to mainstream robots in more public spheres. And the country is promising big changes in the coming decade. Robots, strange as it may seem, can play a key role in development and fighting poverty.
Baidu's autonomous vehicle platform, Apollo, gets an upgrade. The Chinese IT firm, which started out ... [ ] as a Google imitator, is now going toe-to-toe with Google subsidiary Waymo, as well as Samsung and Intel. Baidu wants to one up Google on its AI powered car platform called Apollo. They might pull just pull it off. In any event, they at least have to be considered in the same league.
Li Xian, who works at a publishing company in Shanghai, says the Chinese mobile-payments app Alipay is indispensable. Over the past week she's used it to order and pay for dinner through a delivery service, buy movie tickets, pay her utility bills, and rent a bike. "It's my lifeline," Li says. "I can't remember the last time I used cash." She is far from an outlier.
At the Smart China Expo 2019, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's Talent Exchange Center released China's job competency standards for artificial intelligence industry workers. The center also revealed that China still lags behind developed countries in terms of top talents for high-end industries. China's AI industry will see its talent shortage reaching one million. China still needs to make a continuous effort to train high-end talents and improve basic research capabilities.
The United States and its great power rivals are taking different paths in their pursuit of artificial intelligence (AI), but all three are devoting significant resources to what they believe will be a game changer. Their uses of AI also are likely to be different, as their approach to ethics varies according to each nation's principles. A breakout session panel provided a global view on the race for AI during the third and final day of the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit being held online September 16-18. Panelists assessed the differences in AI research and applications among Russia, China and the United States. Russia trails China and the United States in all metrics of AI, stated Margarita Konaev, research fellow, Center for Security and Emerging Technology. However, its military is leading the country's efforts to catch up in key areas, most of which involve military applications.