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Is China Winning the AI Race?


CAMBRIDGE – COVID-19 has become a severe stress test for countries around the world. From supply-chain management and health-care capacity to regulatory reform and economic stimulus, the pandemic has mercilessly punished governments that did not – or could not – adapt quickly. From Latin America's lost decade in the 1980s to the more recent Greek crisis, there are plenty of painful reminders of what happens when countries cannot service their debts. A global debt crisis today would likely push millions of people into unemployment and fuel instability and violence around the world. The virus has also pulled back the curtain on one of this century's most important contests: the rivalry between the United States and China for supremacy in artificial intelligence (AI).

Quantum version of the ancient game of Go could be ultimate AI test

New Scientist

A new version of the ancient Chinese board game Go that uses quantum entanglement to add an element of randomness could make it a tougher test for artificial intelligences than regular board games. "Board games have long been good test beds for AI because these games provide closed worlds with specific and simple rules," says Xian-Min Jin at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. In Go, players take turns to place a stone on a board, trying to surround and capture the opponent's stones.

Alibaba Cloud turns on new hyperscale data centres in China


Alibaba Cloud has added three hyperscale data centres in China and plans to build more over the next few years. The move is part of the Chinese tech giant's $28 billion investment to modernise its cloud infrastructure and support customers' digital transformation needs. Located in Hangzhou, the Jiangsu Province's Nantong, and Inner Mongolia's Ulangab, the three new sites run on Alibaba's own technologies including its Apsara Distributed OS, Hanguang 800 AI chip, and X-dragon architecture. The launch was part of its previous announcement to park another $28 billion over three years to build out its cloud infrastructure, the company said in a statement Tuesday. While coy over how the Huawei-US debacle may impact other Chinese technology vendors, Alibaba Cloud executives play up their "in Asia, for Asia" focus and investment in the region as a key competitive advantage over its US competitors, including AWS, Microsoft, and Google.

Chinese artificial intelligence company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple


Chinese artificial intelligence company Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co., Ltd., also known as Xiao-i, has filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc, alleging it has infringed on its patents. The company is calling for 10 billion yuan ($1.43 billion) in damages and demands that Apple cease "manufacturing, using, promising to sell, selling, and importing" products that infringe on the patent, it said in a social media post. Xiao-i argued that Apple's voice-recognition technology Siri infringes on a patent that it applied for in 2004 and was granted in 2009. Apple did not respond to a request for comment. Reuters was not immediately available to find a copy of the court filing.

Predicting heave and surge motions of a semi-submersible with neural networks


Real-time motion prediction of a vessel or a floating platform can help to improve the performance of motion compensation systems. It can also provide useful early-warning information for offshore operations that are critical with regard to motion. In this study, a long short-term memory (LSTM) -based machine learning model was developed to predict heave and surge motions of a semi-submersible. The training and test data came from a model test carried out in the deep-water ocean basin, at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. The motion and measured waves were fed into LSTM cells and then went through serval fully connected (FC) layers to obtain the prediction.

Apple Faces $1.4 Billion Lawsuit by Chinese AI Firm in Siri Patent Fight WSJD - Technology

An artificial-intelligence company recently awarded a Chinese patent for a voice assistant similar to Apple Inc.'s Siri has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple that, if successful, could prevent the American tech giant from selling many of its products in the world's second-largest economy. Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. said in a statement on Monday it was suing Apple for an estimated 10 billion yuan ($1.43 billion) in damages in a Shanghai court, alleging the iPhone- and iPad-maker's products violated...

China unveils AI open-source platform 'Dubhe'


China launched an artificial intelligence (AI) open-source platform Saturday to jointly promote the global development of the booming industry. The research and development of the Dubhe platform was started in October 2018, with nearly 100 researchers involved in the project. It aims to become an industry leader by forging an artificial intelligence cooperation ecosystem and facilitating the advancement of the industry. "We hope that we can gather together leading innovative forces in the industry to build a high-performance platform and framework for the development of artificial intelligence algorithms, and establish independent artificial research and industrial ecosystem," said Zhu Shiqiang, director of Zhejiang Lab in east China's Zhejiang Province. The lab, jointly built by the Zhejiang provincial government, Zhejiang University and Alibaba Group, covers major areas such as intelligent transport, intelligent finance, smart city, intelligent healthcare and robotics.

Race For Being The AI - Are We Fast Enough?


Not even the best quantum computers or AI from the past and present can help us in predicting the future. The dichotomy of a world under lockdown is that it is also in flux. Nothing is fixed anymore, not your corner office overlooking the city you love, not the position of a country that wants to be the AI superpower of the world. We honestly do not know what the future looks like. Who would have thought that a pandemic will make the world start adopting AI technologies like there is no tomorrow?

Look, Hal, No Hands! Robotaxis Rolled Out in Suburban Shanghai


The computer system housed in the trunk quickly processes information gathered by a fast-spinning sensor atop the vehicle, calculating how many pedestrians are nearby and predicting which lane the car in front will shift into. This unmanned car is among the first self-driving taxis -- or robotaxis -- permitted to carry passengers on the open roads of Shanghai, part of a pilot program from China's dominant ride-hailing platform, Didi Chuxing. Since Saturday, users of Didi's app aged 18 to 70 have been able to sign up for a free test drive. Wang Mingze, a Didi spokesperson, told Sixth Tone that so far, over 10,000 people have requested test drives. "The line is pretty long," he said. "People will have to wait a few days before their turn comes up."