How 5G Will Change China (Beyond Faster Video Games)

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Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it's going next. When China's wireless carriers debut their 5G networks this year, early adopters whose mobile phones can handle the ultra-fast speeds won't be the only beneficiaries. Rolling 5G service out to the world's biggest population also should give a boost to China's digital economy, including makers of telecommunications equipment, platforms and applications for the internet of things, autonomous driving, surveillance and factory automation. It's the kind of head start that will be expensive at first but could pay off well into the future. Major cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen will get broad 5G -- or fifth-generation -- wireless coverage first, while some other cities will start with 5G hotspots.


Mario goes to Beijing: Nintendo and Tencent team up to launch Switch console in China

The Japan Times

SHANGHAI – Nintendo and Chinese internet giant Tencent on Wednesday announced plans to launch the Kyoto-based company's popular Switch console in China next week. Expectations for the console's launch in the world's largest gaming market has helped to push up Nintendo's share price this year. The console will be sold in China from Dec. 10 for 2,099 yuan (¥32,300), the companies said at a launch event in Shanghai. "Nintendo has long hoped to provide Chinese consumers with Nintendo's games and entertainment, and now this dream has come true," Shigeru Miyamoto, the renowned creator of "Super Mario Bros." and "Donkey Kong," said in a video message. Nintendo had said earlier this year that it was working with Tencent -- China's leading online video game company as well as a giant in messaging and myriad other apps -- to roll out the Switch in China.


Why China Is Key to the Future of Virtual Reality

TIME - Tech

I was in Shenzhen, China last week at the first CE China trade show, which was produced by IFA, the German company that also produces the giant IFA CE trade show in Berlin each September. Shenzhen, which has a population of over 10 million people, is about an hour's drive from Hong Kong. The city is best known as the place where Foxconn and other factories build consumer products, including the Apple iPhone and iPad, and is often called the "Silicon Valley" of China. I wanted to attend the IFA China CE Show to specifically to see how the Chinese were going to apply their manufacturing magic to virtual reality (VR) headsets, and to see if they could bring prices down and get new VR headsets out that had broader appeal to mass consumer audiences any time soon. What I found is that the Chinese have really gone to town on making better mobile headsets, which use a smartphone to power a rudimentary VR experience.


Study Confirms 'Mario Kart' Really Does Make You A Better Driver

Huffington Post - Tech news and opinion

For their study, researchers from New York University Shanghai and University of Hong Kong had 80 students and faculty from the University of Hong Kong participate in several experiments involving different video games. Action-based video games, for example, force the gamer to respond to visual cues. Think driving-centric games, like "Mario Kart," or first-person shooter games, such as "Unreal Tournament." Non-action games, on the other hand, include those like "Sims 2" and "Roller Coaster Tycoon," where the gamer is responsible for directing the action. In one experiment, subjects with no action-based video game experience were asked to played "Mario Kart" or a first-person shooter game.


Chinese AI team plans to challenge Google's AlphaGo at board game

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BEIJING (By Paul Carsten, Reuters) – A team from China plans to challenge Google's AlphaGo, the artificial intelligence (AI) program that beat a world-class player in the ancient board game Go, the state-owned Shanghai Securities News reported on Thursday. Scientists from the China Computer Go team will issue a challenge to AlphaGo by the end of 2016, said attendees at an event in Beijing organized by the Chinese Go Association and the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence, according to the report. It did not elaborate on the nature of the challenge. The event was'The Forum for Understanding the AlphaGo War between Man and Machine and Chinese Artificial Intelligence', Shanghai Securities News reported on its website. AlphaGo, developed by Google subsidiary DeepMind, shocked audiences when it beat South Korean professional Go player Lee Sedol in Seoul earlier this month.