A global hub of the machinery industry, Taiwan is stepping up efforts to develop innovative smart manufacturing technologies. From May 20-24 this year, about 30,000 visitors, including buyers from Asia, Europe and the U.S., flocked to the Commercial Exhibition Center in Taichung City, central Taiwan for the Automatic Machinery and Intelligent Manufacturing Exhibition. The trade show has been staged annually in Taichung for more than three decades, though this marked the first time that intelligent manufacturing was used in the title of the event. Organizer Commercial Times, one of the country's two major financial newspapers, opted to alter the name of the show to highlight the growing focus on this field in the nation's globally competitive machinery sector. "This is the 32nd edition of our machinery show in Taichung.
A chess-playing robot stole the show as Asia's largest tech fair kicked off in Taiwan with artificial intelligence center stage. The annual Computex trade show in Taipei comes as Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen seeks to boost the island's economy with her'Asian Silicon Valley' project, nurturing startups and attracting investments from major international companies. The full-sized robot was one of the many gadgets that impressed visitors this week, along with a VR backpack that lets the user move around and a new VR headset. A chess-playing robot (pictured) stole the show as Asia's largest tech fair kicked off in Taiwan with artificial intelligence center stage Chess playing robot uses an intelligent vision system to interpret the visual world, act on visual information and learn from experience. The robot was able to play chess with attendees and fill coffee at various fill levels while the coffee cup is at random locations.
Michael Chang (張仁烔), chief executive officer of the newly announced Microsoft AI research and development hub in Taiwan, explained that Microsoft is targeting AI talent in Taiwan because of the hard and soft skills that local students possess. Not only are some Taiwanese skilled at data analysis and coding, but they are also insightful, creative and good team players, Chang continued. The talent base in Taiwan is actually one of the main reasons Microsoft decided to base its AI research and development center here, he said. To this end, many of Microsoft's AI department managers from around the world visited Taiwan Tuesday for a press conference on its campus recruitment. According to the managers, the resources, training and network at the tech company will greatly benefit anyone who chooses to join it.