Opinion How Technology Saved China's Economy


Landing in Shanghai recently, I found myself in the middle of a tech revolution remarkable in its sweep. The passport scanner automatically addresses visitors in their native tongues. Digital payment apps have replaced cash. Outsiders trying to use paper money get blank stares from store clerks. Nearby in the city of Hangzhou a prototype hotel called FlyZoo uses facial recognition to open doors, no keys required.

The Urban (Un) Seen "Artificial Intelligence as Future Space" / Bettina Zerza for the Shenzhen Biennale (UABB) 2019


What happens when the sensor-imbued city acquires the ability to see – almost as if it had eyes? Ahead of the 2019 Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB), titled "Urban Interactions," ArchDaily is working with the curators of the "Eyes of the City" section at the Biennial to stimulate a discussion on how new technologies – and Artificial Intelligence in particular – might impact architecture and urban life. Here you can read the "Eyes of the City" curatorial statement by Carlo Ratti, the Politecnico di Torino and SCUT. Technologies of the virtual realm present an opportunity to rethink the experience of space, society, and culture. They give us the possibility to engage with the city of the future, shaping the built environment of the 21st century.

European Union mulls new tougher rules for artificial intelligence


The European Union is considering new legally binding requirements for developers of artificial intelligence in an effort to ensure modern technology is developed and used in an ethical way. The EU's executive arm is set to propose the new rules apply to "high-risk sectors," such as health care and transport, and suggest the bloc updates safety and liability laws, according to a draft of a so-called "white paper" on artificial intelligence obtained by Bloomberg. The European Commission is due to unveil the paper in mid-February and the final version is likely to change. The paper is part of the EU's broader effort to catch up to the U.S. and China on advancements in AI, but in a way that promotes European values such as user privacy. While some critics have long argued that stringent data protection laws like the EU's could hinder innovation around AI, EU officials say harmonizing rules across the region will boost development.

Who Owns The Copyright Of AI-generated Content?


The time has come for lawmakers to settle this debate before it's too late. Some days ago, a court in Shenzhen, China ruled that a creative work produced by artificial intelligence (AI) enjoyed copyright protection. With an increase in use case of AI in content generation, be it an article or a painting, whether such work attracts the provisions of a country's copyright act needs to be addressed. In the China case, an online platform accused of reproducing an informative article created by an AI tool without permission was asked to pay a fine for financial losses and for infringing copyright. The question left on the table though, was -- what about the copyright of those content owners whose works were used by the AI tool to generate that info article in the first place?

How high-tech does an electric toothbrush really need to be?

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Know Your Stuff is a new column that unlocks the hidden secrets about the everyday products you own. Dental care has come a long way since we were first using bone and hog hair brushes in sixth-century China, but based on some of the raised eyebrows I've seen at the recent CES electronics show, some might argue that the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction. Oral-B and Colgate, two household names in oral hygiene, each released state-of-the-art toothbrushes that promise to get your teeth cleaner than a standard brush. They join the ranks of dozens of other "smart brushes" that sport a list of features rivaling some laptops, which of course begs the question, "Why?" Aren't we fine with toothbrushes as they already are? Vision of the future:Is your eye the next frontier for small screen tech?

China's Financial Services Industry Is Banking on AI


Increasing market competition and economic uncertainties are prompting banks to re-examine customer needs and business processes in order to improve service aptitude and operating efficiency. Banks' massive data accumulation in financial transactions, customer portraits, market analysis and risk control provide a great environment for AI to flourish. In 2018, Chinese financial institutions invested about CN¥160.4 billion (US$23 billion) in technology, an increase of 10 percent over 2017, of which AI hardware and software-related investment accounted for 10.4 percent. The banking industry was the biggest investor in AI-related applications, accounting for 70 percent of all market purchases. A wide range of software programs, including those tasked with precision marketing and intelligent risk control platforms, accounted for two thirds of Chinese banks' AI purchases.

Artificial Intelligence in London: Top 20 Startups - EqualOcean


From the beginning of the 2010s, big data and AI have been trending up to unleash revolutionary changes in many industries. Universities have set up data science programs and investors are pouring tons of dollars into AI-related startups. The US and China have long been the focus of AI development as these two countries have the most AI unicorns and investment activities. Among the top 20 most valuable AI unicorns, the US takes 9 and China takes 7 while the UK and Japan take 3 and 1 respectively. While the US and China outshine the rest in a global scale, the UK is the supernova in Europe, acting as the womb of the most regional AI startups.

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Can Simple Neuron Interactions Capture Complex Linguistic Phenomena?


Deep neural machine translation (NMT) can learn representations containing linguistic information. And despite the differences between various models, they all tend to learn similar properties. This phenomena got researchers wondering whether the learned information is fully distributed and embedded to individual neurons. Recent research results confirmed that hypothesis, revealing that simple properties such as coordinating conjunctions and determiners can be attributed to individual neurons, while more complex linguistic properties such as syntax and semantics are distributed across multiple neurons. Following on this, researchers from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tencent AI Lab and University of Macau have proposed a new neuron interaction based representation composition for NMT.

SenseTime's AI generates realistic deepfake videos


In late 2019, researchers at Seoul-based Hyperconnect developed a tool (MarioNETte) that could manipulate the facial features of a historical figure, a politician, or a CEO using nothing but a webcam and still images. More recently, a team hailing from Hong Kong-based tech giant SenseTIme, Nanyang Technological University, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Automation proposed a method of editing target portrait footage by taking sequences of audio to synthesize photo-realistic videos. As opposed to MarioNETte, SenseTime's technique is dynamic, meaning it's able to better handle media it hasn't before encountered. And the results are impressive, albeit worrisome in light of recent developments involving deepfakes. The coauthors of the study describing the work note that the task of "many-to-many" audio-to-video translation -- that is, translation that doesn't assume a single identity of source video and the target video -- is challenging.