The Chinese Mobility-As-A-Service Opportunity Is Booming

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According to ARK's research models, China will become one of the largest markets for autonomous mobility-as-a-service, reaching $2.5 trillion by 2030. At the same time, automobile sales in China could fall below expectations as a result of autonomous taxi services. Automakers with large exposure to China should launch autonomous cars in partnerships with local players as soon as possible to capitalize on this rapidly emerging trend, especially as the Chinese government is likely to favor local players, granting them natural geographic monopolies. Mobile app-based ridesharing services have flourished in China relative to those in most countries. India is not far behind, as shown below.1


Time to drink to robot revolution - Business - Chinadaily.com.cn

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At a large wine chateau in the region of Bordeaux, France, busy robots use artificial intelligence and other technologies to pick and screen grapes as well as make wine. The chateau might be the world's first such facility to use AI to improve and optimize grape planting and wine brewing, said Zhou Jinting, chairman of Shanghai Hefu Holding (Group) Co Ltd, at the World Robot Conference in Beijing last month. Hefu bought the chateau last year. Zhou said he believes the rapid development of AI, robotics, intelligent machines, big data and cloud computing will bring revolutionary changes to the wine industry as well as a wide range of traditional industries. The chateau is a pilot project of Hefu's AI and robotic technologies that are applied in changing traditional production methods.


Artificial Intelligence – A Counterintelligence Perspective: Part I

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Artificial intelligence will change the world. Because so many people and companies believe this, AI and the entire technological ecosystem in which it functions are highly valuable to private-sector organizations and nation-states. That means that nations will try to identify, steal, and corrupt or otherwise counteract the AI and related assets of others, and will use AI against each other in pursuit of their own national interests. And that presents the United States and its allies with a classic counterintelligence problem in a novel and high-stakes context: How do we protect a valuable national asset against a range of threats from hostile foreign actors, and how do we protect ourselves against the threat from AI in the hands of adversaries? In the broad and diverse discussion of artificial intelligence in the global technological and economic infrastructure of the future, this question has received remarkably little attention. In this post and others to follow, I will endeavor to explore some of the counterintelligence risks and problems presented by AI and the AI ecosystem. I'll first talk about the general problem of AI and counterintelligence and then, in later posts, dive into some of the specific areas that cause me the greatest concern in this sphere. Technological advancements often change society.


Dollar slightly firmer above ¥112.30 in late Tokyo trading

The Japan Times

The dollar was marginally higher above ¥112.30 At 5 p.m., the dollar stood at ¥112.32, up from ¥112.22 at the same time on Thursday. The euro was at $1.1594, up from $1.1540, and at ¥130.23, up from ¥129.51. The greenback rose to around ¥112.50 briefly on purchases from Japanese importers as well as those supported by rebounds in Japanese and Chinese stocks from Thursday's sell-off. The dollar attracted buybacks versus the yen as "excessive risk aversion receded" thanks to higher stock prices, an official at a foreign exchange margin trading service firm said.


Poland arrests Huawei worker on allegations of spying for China

The Guardian

Poland has arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a Polish national involved in cyber-business on allegations of spying, Polish state media has reported, deepening the controversy over western criticism of the Chinese telecoms company. US intelligence agencies claim Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is linked to China's government and its equipment could contain "backdoors" for use by government spies. No evidence has been produced publicly and the company has repeatedly denied the allegations. But the criticism has led several western countries and businesses to consider whether they should allow Huawei's equipment to be used in their telecoms networks. This has strained relations with Beijing.