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Chinese authorities banned the broadcast of a match between top Go player and AlphaGo AI

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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.


Microsoft creates mysterious new version of Windows 10 for Chinese government

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The Chinese Tech Firms Pushing Boundaries Of Artificial Intelligence - BI News - Business Intelligence

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In China's quest to shed its reputation as a land of copycats, the world's second-biggest economy is pouring resources in to the hottest area in technology innovation: artificial intelligence. With the goal of nurturing world-class companies that can compete with the likes of Google and IBM in building intelligent machines, the Chinese leadership singled out AI as a key area of development in a report released during the National People's Congress in March. Soon after, the country's biggest technology companies -- Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent -- announced plans for AI laboratories and projects worth billions of dollars.


China is investing billions into US startups building cutting-edge products that could have military applications

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The Times story says a Defense Department white paper being circulated among Trump administration officials makes the case that "Beijing is encouraging Chinese companies with close government ties to invest in American start-ups specializing in critical technologies like artificial intelligence and robots to advance China's military capacity as well as its economy." For example, one casualty of more controlled investment may have been the $1 billion deal by Dalian Wanda Group to buy Dick Clark Productions, which produces a popular New Year's Eve countdown show and the Golden Globe Awards ceremony, among other entertainment properties. Besides attempting to acquire military technology illegally or through means that are not clearly regulated, DGI said "state-owned conglomerates, companies, and venture capital firms are actively acquiring and investing in AI and foreign robotics technologies companies, particularly in Europe." The report recommended that Washington "monitor and when necessary investigate China's growing foreign investments in robotics and AI companies and consider the security implications of transactions and acquisitions involving emerging technologies such as AI and nanorobotics."


Mysterious new version of Windows 10 created for Chinese government

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The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...


How China is Becoming a World Leader in Artificial Intelligence - China Briefing News

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On March 5, at the opening meeting of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature's annual session, Premier Li Keqiang announced that China will accelerate research and development (R&D) in new and emerging industries, such as artificial intelligence (AI). Following 2014, a series of national economic initiatives, including the 13th Five Year Plan (March 2015), Made in China 2025 (May 2016), Robotics Industry Development Plan (April 2016), and Three-year Guidance for Internet Plus Artificial Intelligence Plan (May 2016), all provided guidelines to boost AI R&D. Just prior to the opening of the 2017 Two Sessions, China's top economic planner, the National Development and Research Commission (NDRC), launched a national engineering laboratory for the research and application of'deep learning', appointing China's tech giant, Baidu, Inc., to lead the lab. The sheer volume of internet user data provides China's tech companies with a massive amount of raw material to run their algorithms and refine their AI programs.


China calls for AI funding, policies to surpass US

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They include the founder of the largest Chinese internet search engine Baidu, the owner of smartphone maker Xiaomi, and the founder of Geely Automobile, which bought Volvo. They are tabling motions and proposals for the government to take the lead in getting Chinese enterprises to collaborate on artificial intelligence (AI) research, and facilitate the industrialising of the technology. IFlyTek's voice technology produced real-time subtitles of the Chinese premier's speech at the NPC meeting. China's National Development and Reform Commission approved in February the plan to set up a national engineering lab for researching and implementing deep learning technologies, a sub discipline of AI, the latest government action in developing AI.


Microsoft Created A Censoring Chatbot For China That Won't Talk About Trump

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For many lonely men across China, Microsoft's chatbot has become a virtual girlfriend, with a quarter of regular users expressing love for the artificial intelligence platform, reports CNN. One user tested Xiaoice by asking her about Tiananmen, where China suppressed a pro-democracy movement 27 years ago. China values security over freedom when it comes to the Internet, which means that the price of entry into the Chinese market for foreign Internet companies is censorship. "We don't welcome those who earn China's money, take China's market, and then slander China," State Internet Information Office Chief Lu Wei said last year.


China tells Japan to stop interfering in South China Sea

The Japan Times

ULAAN BAATAR – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday that his country should stop interfering and hyping up the South China Sea issue, as the dispute took center stage at a key regional summit in Mongolia.


Hong Kong bookseller alleges detention by China

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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.