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Shanghai allows residents to leave their homes after two months of COVID lockdown

The Japan Times

Shanghai will let people in low-risk areas leave their housing compounds, as the city dismantles the last remaining lockdown curbs that have confined most of its 25 million residents to their homes for two months. The city will resume taxi and ride hailing services while allowing cars onto roads in low-risk areas, the municipal government said in a statement Monday. Bus, subway and ferry services will also resume in an orderly manner from Wednesday. This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.


Brent crude climbs above $120 a barrel as China eases lockdowns

Al Jazeera

Oil climbed to a two-month high as China eased anti-virus lockdowns and the EU worked on a plan to ban imports of Russian crude. Brent crude rose above $120 a barrel, building on last week's 6% rally, to reach the highest intraday level since late March. China's key commercial hub of Shanghai allowed all manufacturers to resume operations from June, while officials said Beijing's coronavirus outbreak is under control. European Union leaders intend to reach a political agreement today on an embargo on Russian oil to punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The bloc failed on Sunday to agree on a revised sanctions package.


Artificial Intelligence Startup CloudWalk Debuts on STAR Market

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CloudWalk, an artificial intelligence enterprise, was officially listed on the Shanghai Sci-Tech Innovation Board (STAR Market) on Friday. During its first day of trading, its share price rose 56% to 24 yuan ($3.58) per share before settling at a closing price of 21.4 yuan and a current market value of 15.85 billion yuan. CloudWalk was born in a laboratory at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Founder Zhou Xi graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In 2011, Zhou returned to China to set up an AI team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and in 2015, he founded CloudWalk.


AI research lab inspired by computer's internal components

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Construction work is currently underway on a new artificial intelligence research laboratory designed by PLP Architecture. Located in Shanghai, China, the building's overall form is inspired by a computer motherboard and CPU. The Shanghai World Laureates Association Artificial Intelligence Lab is part of a Lingang New Area district in the city that will host research and innovation, which also happens to be where the Ring project by Ennead Architects is being constructed. The building will be situated next to a lake and feature extensive landscaping. Its interior will measure 32,000 sq m (roughly 344,000 sq ft), which will be spread over the two distinct "motherboard" and "CPU" areas.


Automating model parallelism with just one line of code

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Researchers from Google, Amazon Web Services, UC Berkeley, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Duke University and Carnegie Mellon University have published a paper titled "Alpa: Automating Inter- and Intra-Operator Parallelism for Distributed Deep Learning" at OSDI 2022. The paper introduces a new method for automating the complex process of parallelising a model with only one line of code. So how does Alpa work? Data parallelism is a technique where model weights are duplicated across accelerators while only partitioning and distributing the training data. The dataset is split into'N' parts in data parallelism with'N' being the quantity of GPUs.


Chinese web users get creative to dodge COVID censorship

The Japan Times

Beijing – From quoting the national anthem to referencing Hollywood blockbusters and George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984," Chinese web users are using creative methods to dodge censorship and voice discontent over COVID-19 measures. China maintains a tight grip over the internet, with legions of censors scrubbing out posts that cast the Communist Party's policies in a negative light. The censorship machine is now in overdrive to defend Beijing's stringent "COVID zero" policy as the business hub of Shanghai endures weeks of lockdown to tackle an outbreak. Stuck at home, many of the city's 25 million residents have taken to social media to vent fury over food shortages and spartan quarantine conditions. Charlie Smith, co-founder of censorship monitoring website GreatFire.org, said the Shanghai lockdown had become "too big of an issue to be able to completely censor."


China's COVID lockdowns expose the folly of communism

FOX News

'Special Report' All-Star Panel reacts to a federal judge declaring public transportation mask mandates unlawful. Brutal and oppressive lockdowns continue in Shanghai, the latest in a weeks-long effort by the Chinese Communist Party to contain a devastating outbreak of the Omicron variant. Reports from earlier in April estimated that as many as 400 million Chinese citizens were under some form of lockdown. In Shanghai, 25 million citizens today find themselves under a severe lockdown, unable to leave their fenced in, designated districts and, in many cases, unable even to leave their own homes. China's authoritarian actions, taken against their own citizens, should alarm the world.


China's COVID lockdowns are a symptom of deeper problems

FOX News

Gatestone Institute senior fellow Gordon Chang weighs in on Shanghai residents protesting COVID lockdowns on'Fox News Live.' In the spring of 2021, China was reporting only a few dozen COVID cases each day and celebrating a return to steady economic growth. The United States, meanwhile, reeled from its worst death wave of the pandemic. Media outlets around the world, from the Chinese Ministry of Propaganda to the New York Times, were quick to declare that China had "won" the pandemic, having decisively defeated the virus and demonstrated the virtues of unbridled autocracy. Xi Jinping was set to use China's apparent COVID success as a central argument for enshrining himself, at the upcoming Communist Party Congress in October 2022, as emperor-for-life.


Shanghai pledges to improve food supplies, ease virus restrictions

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Shanghai officials promised Friday to loosen anti-virus regulations on truck drivers that are hampering food supplies and trade. A deputy mayor, Zhang Wei, promised "every effort" to resolve problems that prompted complaints about lack of food. Truck drivers have been hindered by multiple checkpoints and virus tests, leading to long waits.


Shanghai allows 4M out of homes as COVID rules ease

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. The city of Shanghai allowed 4 million more people out of their homes on Wednesday as anti-virus controls that shut down China's biggest city – home to 25 million – eased. Nearly 12 million are permitted to go outdoors, according to health official Wu Ganyu. Wu told reporters that the virus was "under effective control" for the first time in some parts of the city.