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How Taiwan Is Becoming A Top Destination For Artificial Intelligence In Asia

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Microsoft expects to do more artificial intelligence research in Taiwan. Artificial brains threaten to outnumber real ones in Taiwan, as the island's prowess in artificial intelligence (AI) continues to grow. Global players such as Google, IBM and Microsoft have all expressed their intentions of developing either AI R&D centers or similar initiatives in Taiwan. These companies could have selected other tech-savvy locations in Asia like South Korea and Shenzhen, China, but they chose Taiwan. "Taiwan has a lot going for it with AI research," says William Foreman, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei.


Taiwan vies with Singapore as AI hub for US tech companies

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U.S. technology companies are converging on Taiwan to build regional research and development centers, drawn by the island's relatively low wages and the government's strategy of forging closer ties with Washington. IBM and Oath, the parent company of Yahoo, have all announced plans this year to build their research and development hubs on the island and to initiate large recruitment projects. "The approach of President Tsai Ing-wen's government to shift away from China and forge closer ties with the U.S. is a strong push behind many U.S. companies' investments over the past one year," said Gordon Sun, director of the Economic Forecasting Center at the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research. Attracting investments from U.S. tech companies is part of the government's plans to build an artificial intelligence industry. Taiwan has pledged to pour 10 billion New Taiwan dollars ($326 million) each year into AI-related investments over the next three years.


NVIDIA Collaborating with Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology to Accelerate AI Development

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"Taiwan has been the epicenter of the PC revolution, and it will serve as a key center for the next industry revolution focused on AI," said NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang. "We are delighted to be working closely with MOST to ensure that Taiwan fully harnesses the power of this technological wave." "AI is the key to igniting Taiwan's next industrial revolution, building on the long-established strength of our IT manufacturing capabilities," said Dr. Liang-Gee Chen, Minister of Science and Technology. "Our focus is on drawing academics, industry and young talent into our AI Grand Plan to create an ecosystem based on AI innovation." Under the agreement, the National Center for High-Performance Computing will build Taiwan's first AI-focused supercomputer powered by NVIDIA DGX AI computing platforms and Volta architecture-based GPUs.


How Taiwan Is Becoming A Top Destination For Artificial Intelligence In Asia

#artificialintelligence

Microsoft expects to do more artificial intelligence research in Taiwan. Artificial brains threaten to outnumber real ones in Taiwan, as the island's prowess in artificial intelligence (AI) continues to grow. Global players such as Google, IBM and Microsoft have all expressed their intentions of developing either AI R&D centers or similar initiatives in Taiwan. These companies could have selected other tech-savvy locations in Asia like South Korea and Shenzhen, China, but they chose Taiwan. "Taiwan has a lot going for it with AI research," says William Foreman, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei.


Commentary: Cabinet reshuffle casts uncertainty over Taiwan AI, IoT development

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Premier Lin Chuan, who once served as chairman of Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS), and his Cabinet members will resign en masse on September 7, casting uncertainty over the future policies concerning Taiwan's development of AI (artificial intelligence), IoT (Internet of Things), innovation startups and other technologies. Lin has disclosed he tendered his resignation at the end of a national security meeting on September 3 on grounds that he had finished his phased missions. President Tsai Ing-wen has appointed Tainan Mayor William Lai as his succesor, who will take office on September 8. Having served as VIS chairman during 2006-2009, Lin has shown deep understanding of and given high priority to the development of Taiwan's semiconductor and electronics industries. The outgoing premier has identified AI as a key to improving national competitiveness in the next three decades, and has given great support for the Ministry of Science and Technology's (MOST) proposal to build an AI innovation ecosystem in Taiwan. He has instructed the ministry to set up an AI innovation R&D center, and establish robot manufacturing bases in Central Taiwan Science Park and Southern Taiwan Science Park, as well as other related infrastructures.