The Chinese government has released a three-step blueprint, showing how it intends to become the leader in artificial intelligence development and deployment by 2030. This means an AI industry worth $22 billion and $150 billion in related fields, such as self-driving. From there, the Chinese government will work to have all regulatory and legal framework set by 2025. In the plan, the State Council estimated $150 billion in value for the AI sector and $1.5 trillion for related fields.
The Chinese government's wish-list for AI researchers is pretty ambitious: "Breakthroughs should be made in basic theories of AI, such as big data intelligence, multimedia aware computing, human-machine hybrid intelligence, swarm intelligence and automated decision-making." A common technology system should be developed based on algorithms, data and hardware. Technologies in the system include a computational knowledge engine, swarm computing, virtual reality modeling and natural language processing. New industries using AI technology should be developed, such as smart robot, smart vehicle, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and smart terminal.
The plan, which has been approved by the highest levels of Beijing authority, outlines a 13-year plan to bring China to the forefront of the burgeoning field of AI. "Artificial intelligence has become a new engine of economic development," the document reads, translated to English. By 2025, they intend to quintuple the industry's value to 5 trillion yuan with world-leading technological breakthroughs, and by 2030 they intend to be the world leader in AI technology and economics with a 10 trillion yuan AI industry. The initiative in artificial intelligence is the latest step in Chinese President Xi Jinping's efforts to bring China to the forefront of technological innovations.
In the first volume of the Series "Artificial Intelligence in China in its direct sources", Specific Policies (Kindle version) (Paperback version), the specific measures related to AI derived from that far-reaching political decision were collected, including some key milestones: Support for Artificial Intelligence is also part of the Chinese policy of promoting geographical areas of scientific and technological development. The program will involve key projects such as intelligent home appliances, smart automobiles, intelligent wearable devices and robots. The program will involve key projects such as intelligent home appliances, smart automobiles, intelligent unmanned systems, intelligent wearable devices and robots. The second volume of the Series "Artificial Intelligence in China in its direct sources", Strategic Policies, (Kindle version) (Paperback version), compiles the presence of AI in various strategic plans, including the 13th Five-Year Plan 2016-2020, Internet Plus Policy Strategy, Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, Made in China 2025 and Healthy China 2030.
Ya-Qin Zhang, president of China's leading search business, says Chinese companies can become worldwide Internet powerhouses too. One of the biggest fish in China's market of 730 million Internet users, Baidu is trying to open new revenue streams both domestically and abroad by investing heavily in artificial intelligence. The company employs more than 1,700 AI researchers, including some at a Silicon Valley research center opened in 2014, and was chosen by the Chinese government to run a new national lab intended to make the nation more competitive in machine learning. Why would top talent in artificial intelligence want to work for Baidu's U.S. lab over that of an American company?
A Go match between the world's top player, Ke Jie, and Google's AlphaGo that took place this week was censored by authorities, reports Quartz. Three journalists have reported receiving verbal directives barring their news organisations from broadcasting the match -- as well as the Go and AI summit held in Wuzhen, east China. One journalist reported being barred from even mentioning Google's name while reporting on the event, while another said that while they could mention Google, they were barred from writing about Google's products. A leaked copy of a government directive was also posted on California-based China Digital Times, a website that monitors censorship in China.
One of five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing in mysterious circumstances last year has said he had been detained for more than eight months by Chinese authorities. Lam Wing-kee announced on Thursday that he was arrested in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen and that his colleague, Lee Bo, who went missing from Hong Kong in December, had also been abducted. The disappearances have prompted fears that mainland Chinese authorities may be using tactics that erode the "one country, two systems" formula under which Hong Kong has been governed since its return to China from British rule in 1997. Four of the men - Gui Minhai, Lui Por, Cheung Chi-ping and Lam - gave details of their alleged offences to China's Phoenix Television in February, saying they had been detained for "illegal book trading" in mainland China.
China is mulling a plan for state-owned companies to buy stakes in the country's leading video websites, in a move analysts say is another attempt by President Xi Jinping's administration to tighten control on China's internet content. The Global Times newspaper Monday quoted a report by independent financial website Caixin Media as saying that state-owned media companies, including China National Radio and several leading local TV and media companies, might be allowed to buy a stake of 1 to 10 percent in companies such as Youku Tudou -- China's biggest video streaming site, now owned by e-commerce giant Alibaba -- and rival iQiyi, owned by China's biggest search engine Baidu. The Caixin report, quoting a source at an unnamed online video platform, said China's television regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, was considering giving such companies "decision-making authority" over the websites' content and operations. While China's state-controlled television channels have been banned from showing foreign dramas in prime time in recent years and have tightly vetted content, major websites were able to bypass such controls for many years, both in programs they produced themselves and those they bought.
The Chinese government produces 488 million'fake' social media posts a year to distract citizens from news critical of the Communist Party, a new study has revealed. During the study, co-authored by Stanford University's Jennifer Pan and UC San Diego's Margaret E. Roberts, machine learning techniques were used to analyse millions of social media posts, based on leaked emails and databases which detail the work of the group. Around half the posts were comments on government websites, while the rest were posted to social media sites like Sina Weibo, one of China's most popular websites. The 50 Cent Party was previously thought to have worked by engaging in arguments, constantly defending the Communist Party and its leaders against online critics.
Chinese drone maker DJI -- the world's largest maker of small drones -- said it was in talks with Chinese officials who want access to the data collected by its products, Bloomberg reports. "Should DJI receive a valid legal request from a government agency," spokesperson Oliver Wang said in a statement to media, "we may provide user information to that agency, just as other companies do. According to the New York Times, the DJI user agreement already warns customers that "if you conduct your flight in certain countries, your flight data might be monitored and provided to the government authorities according to local regulatory laws." Large companies like Apple also routinely comply with official Chinese requests for data.