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.
The robotaxi service is under trial run for citizens in Changsha, and passengers can hail self-driving robotaxis through mobile app. AutoX, a Chinese autonomous vehicle startup, has announced the launch of a fleet of 100 self-driving RoboTaxis in Shanghai's Jiading district, where it will be competing with Didi, which began operating there at the end of June. Other companies, such as Pony.ai, Baidu or WeRide are already running self-driving taxi fleets in other Chinese cities, many of which can be booked through mapping and mobility apps such as AutoNavi or LetzGo. AutoX runs another fleet in the centric district of Nanshan in Shenzen, where it is based, and now has a license to road test in California, and has long announced its intention to launch its services in Europe through a partnership with NEVS, the company that acquired Saab's assets.
KPMG and the CCFA identified high-growth retailtech enterprises that strive to advance digitalization, intelligence, and integration for the retail industry. Malong Technologies, a leading computer vision technology provider, was selected for delivering significant value to retailers by reducing shrinkage (inventory loss) and improving the customer experience at in-store self-service systems. Using the KPMG proprietary Startup Insight Platform (SIP) and a team of experts, 50 leading enterprises specializing in retailtech with major deployments in the Chinese retail market were selected through a quantitative analysis on six different aspects including the team, technology, product, market, business model and funding. The winners were announced at the annual CCFA International Retail Innovation Summit held in Shanghai. As a global leader in AI for product recognition, Malong Technologies has been committed to providing smart retail solutions to retailers worldwide.
A company that seemingly came out of nowhere in 2018 and has been leading the pack in self-driving services ever since is about to corner its home market, the globally strategic city of Shanghai. Since April, AutoX has been running a testbed of its autonomous taxi service, and now the rollout will cement its headstart. AutoX recently made news in California for winning a coveted permit to test its driverless cars without drivers, just the third company to be awarded the permit. Meanwhile, in China, the company, which is helmed by a former Princeton professor known affectionately as Professor X, has made start strategic partnerships, including with Alibaba. AutoX's autonomous taxi pilot program allowed users to hail the taxis with Alibaba's map product, AutoNavi.
When we think of air pollution, we often think of Delhi, perhaps Beijing, or even Shanghai. Hence, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that 9 out of 10 people around the world breathe polluted air.As humans, we contribute the most to air pollution by using energy to drive our vehicles, power our houses, run our data centers, and to travel. So much so that everything we use today was made at a factory that has contributed to air pollution.Today, technology has become an enabler to help address air pollution. It can aid in better measurement, identify its sources, develop policies, forecast, predict, and apply logic to problem solving. It can also provide elaborate opportunities for organisations and governments to optimise their operations and reduce their impact.Thanks to Artificial Intelligence (AI), air pollution can now be addressed more effectively.
When we think of air pollution, we often think of Delhi, perhaps Beijing, or even Shanghai. Hence, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that 9 out of 10 people around the world breathe polluted air. As humans, we contribute the most to air pollution by using energy to drive our vehicles, power our houses, run our data centers, and to travel. So much so that everything we use today was made at a factory that has contributed to air pollution. Today, technology has become an enabler to help address air pollution.
ChinaJoy, Asia's biggest video game conference, went ahead at the weekend, although it was very different from previous years' events. Most large-scale shows in the region have been scrapped as social distancing is enforced because of the coronavirus. But about 150,000 gaming fans descended on ChinaJoy in Shanghai for the four-day event. With a mix of real-world and online launches, many feel it could be the new normal for conferences. ChinaJoy, also known as the China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference, saw around 380,000 visitors last year, keen to preview and play the latest games and new gadgets.
A new version of the ancient Chinese board game Go that uses quantum entanglement to add an element of randomness could make it a tougher test for artificial intelligences than regular board games. "Board games have long been good test beds for AI because these games provide closed worlds with specific and simple rules," says Xian-Min Jin at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. In Go, players take turns to place a stone on a board, trying to surround and capture the opponent's stones.
Chinese artificial intelligence company Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co., Ltd., also known as Xiao-i, has filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc, alleging it has infringed on its patents. The company is calling for 10 billion yuan ($1.43 billion) in damages and demands that Apple cease "manufacturing, using, promising to sell, selling, and importing" products that infringe on the patent, it said in a social media post. Xiao-i argued that Apple's voice-recognition technology Siri infringes on a patent that it applied for in 2004 and was granted in 2009. Apple did not respond to a request for comment. Reuters was not immediately available to find a copy of the court filing.