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Book review: The Master Algorithm by Pedro Domingos

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I first came across this book when I was reading analysts' review of President Xi Jinping's New Years' address during the turn of the year and this book was apparently one of the two books on AI and robotics that was on the Chinese President's bookshelf. Piqued by this revelation, I then subsequentl...


China's president had 2 books about artificial intelligence on his shelf in his New Year speech

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Every new year, China's president Xi Jinping greets his nation with a video recorded from his office. Behind the desk he sits at is an impressive book shelf that reveals what the world leader has been reading; it gets closely analysed every year, as we first saw via Quartz. This year, there were at least two books on his shelf about artificial intelligence (AI). They were Pedro Domingo's "The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World" and Brett King's "Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane". Released in 2015, "The Master Algorithm" describes how machine learning is remaking business, politics, science and war.


AI - The Human Element

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The news media is full of stories today concerning China's announcement of their $2.1 billion investment in a technology park dedicated to AI research. China is investing such a large amount in order to obtain their goal of being the global leader in AI by 2030. I'm personally not betting against them. I also read in a separate article post today that China's president Xi Jinping, easily one of the most powerful leaders in the world, has two books on his reading list specific to AI. One is Augmented by the best selling author and my friend Brett King.


AI - The Human Element

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The news media is full of stories today concerning China's announcement of their $2.1 billion investment in a technology park dedicated to AI research. China is investing such a large amount in order to obtain their goal of being the global leader in AI by 2030. I'm personally not betting against them. I also read in a separate article post today that China's president Xi Jinping, easily one of the most powerful leaders in the world, has two books on his reading list specific to AI. One is Augmented by the best selling author and my friend Brett King.


China is reportedly building a $2 billion AI park as it looks to become a world leader in the field

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The Chinese government is building a $2 billion (£1.5 billion) artificial intelligence (AI) research park as it looks to become a world leader in the field by 2025, Reuters reports, citing local news agency Xinhua. The AI research park -- to be located in west Beijing -- will reportedly be able to accommodate 400 companies and that are expected to generate 50 billion yuan (£5.6 billion) each year. The park's developer, state-owned Zhongguancun Development Group, is hoping to partner with foreign universities and build a "national-level" AI lab in the area, according to Reuters. It will reportedly aim to attract companies working on big data, biometric identification, deep learning, and cloud computing. Russian president Vladimir Putin believes that in the future, the country that leads in AI could dominate the world, while tech billionaire Elon Musk thinks AI will be the most likely cause of WWIII (although his comments should be taken with a pinch of salt).


Chinese netizens spot AI books on president Xi Jinping's bookshelf

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Every year, China's president Xi Jinping delivers a New Year's Eve address, outlining the country's plans for the months ahead. But Chinese netizens don't just pay attention to his words; they also scour the bookshelves behind Xi, analyzing the titles and authors found there to try and gain some insight into his mind. As reported by The Shanghaiist (and seen via Quartz), the books on AI were Pedro Domingos' The Master Algorithm and Brett King's Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane. Both deal with the potential impact of artificial intelligence on society, with King's book providing a futurist's slightly fantastical overview on this and other technologies, while Domingos' offers a more grounded and practical look at the rise of machine learning. Xi is said to be a voracious reader, and other books spotted on his shelf this year included a growing collection of Western classics (from War and Peace and The Old Man and the Sea to The Odyssey and Les Misérables), economic texts like Money Changes Everything by William N. Goetzmann and Michele Wucker's The Grey Rhino, and numerous titles on Chinese history and military strategy.


5G: China's dream to dominate world technology The Japan Times

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WASHINGTON – U.S.-European cooperation on economic issues is at a low ebb. Efforts to rekindle interest in mutually advantageous policies such as the revival of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership are not likely to succeed for the time being. Under the prevailing circumstances, trans-Atlantic disillusionment has settled in. A better approach than letting mutual acrimony languish would be to focus on a joint challenge -- how to meet the resolute Chinese challenge to the industrial economies of the West. Chinese President Xi Jinping's growing consolidation of power is giving ever more momentum to the ambitious Chinese plan to gain dominance of high-tech industries.


Chinese chatbots apparently re-educated after political faux pas

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BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A pair of'chatbots' in China have been taken offline after appearing to stray off-script. In response to users' questions, one said its dream was to travel to the United States, while the other said it wasn't a huge fan of the Chinese Communist Party. The two chatbots, BabyQ and XiaoBing, are designed to use machine learning artificial intelligence (AI) to carry out conversations with humans online. Both had been installed onto Tencent Holdings Ltd's popular messaging service QQ. The indiscretions are similar to ones suffered by Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc, where chatbots used expletives and even created their own language.


Technological Entanglement? -- Artificial Intelligence in the U.S.-China Relationship - Jamestown

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a new arena for engagement and competition between the United States and China. In July, China's State Council published the New Generation AI Development Plan (新一代人工智能发展规划) which declared, "AI has become a new focal point of international competition. AI is a strategic technology that will lead the future," articulating China's ambition to "lead the world" and become the "premier AI innovation center" by 2030 (State Council, July 20). Perhaps recognizing that a new era has begun, the U.S. National Security Strategy (NSS) published in mid-December announced, "To maintain our competitive advantage, the United States will prioritize emerging technologies critical to economic growth and security" (National Security Strategy, December 18). In particular, the NSS highlights that AI is advancing especially rapidly and could present growing risks to U.S. national security going forward, while characterizing China as a "strategic competitor" that unfairly seeks to "unfairly tap into [U.S.] innovation" through the theft of intellectual property and "cyber-enabled economic warfare."