'Special Report' All-Star Panel reacts to a federal judge declaring public transportation mask mandates unlawful. Brutal and oppressive lockdowns continue in Shanghai, the latest in a weeks-long effort by the Chinese Communist Party to contain a devastating outbreak of the Omicron variant. Reports from earlier in April estimated that as many as 400 million Chinese citizens were under some form of lockdown. In Shanghai, 25 million citizens today find themselves under a severe lockdown, unable to leave their fenced in, designated districts and, in many cases, unable even to leave their own homes. China's authoritarian actions, taken against their own citizens, should alarm the world.
Gatestone Institute senior fellow Gordon Chang weighs in on Shanghai residents protesting COVID lockdowns on'Fox News Live.' In the spring of 2021, China was reporting only a few dozen COVID cases each day and celebrating a return to steady economic growth. The United States, meanwhile, reeled from its worst death wave of the pandemic. Media outlets around the world, from the Chinese Ministry of Propaganda to the New York Times, were quick to declare that China had "won" the pandemic, having decisively defeated the virus and demonstrated the virtues of unbridled autocracy. Xi Jinping was set to use China's apparent COVID success as a central argument for enshrining himself, at the upcoming Communist Party Congress in October 2022, as emperor-for-life.
DJI, the world's largest drone manufacturer, has announced it is temporarily halting operations in Russia and Ukraine, in a rare example of a Chinese firm suspending business in response to the war in Ukraine. The Shenzhen-headquartered company said on Wednesday it would suspend its business in the two countries while "internally reassessing compliance requirements in various jurisdictions". DJI, which was founded in Hong Kong in 2006, added it was "engaging with customers, partners and other stakeholders regarding the temporary suspension," according to a company statement. Adam Lisberg, DJI's director of corporate communications for North America, told Al Jazeera the company had taken the action "not to make a statement about any country, but to make a statement about our principles". "DJI abhors any use of our drones to cause harm, and we are temporarily suspending sales in these countries in order to help ensure no one uses our drones in combat," Lisberg said.
The new regulations, known as the Internet Information Service Algorithmic Recommendation Management Provisions, have been drafted by the Cyberspace Administration of China, the body that enforces cybersecurity, internet censorship, and e-commerce rules. Terming the new rules as regulations for deep synthesis technology, GAC is implementing them to protect people's legitimate rights and interests. These significant policies are being implemented to ensure more effective services (e.g., ride-hailing, social media) for the country's over 1.4 billion people and manage tech companies and services providers. Artificial Intelligence issues are of concern to China. President Xi Jinping alluded to such challenges in his speech last October, "Some unhealthy and disorderly signals and trends have occurred in the rapid development of our country's digital economy."
China has prioritised Artificial Intelligence in its quest to become a powerful superpower under Xi Jinping. Beijing's interest in AI development and use stems from the fact that technology may be used for both civil and military objectives. As a result, while AI advances can benefit China's economy and healthcare, they can also help the People's Liberation Army (PLA) engage in "intelligent warfare", which PLA strategists define as "the implementation of artificial intelligence and its related technologies, such as cloud technology, data analytics, quantum information, and autonomous systems for military uses." AI and related technologies such as computer vision, human-machine teaming, neural connectivity, and autonomous systems also known as "intelligentized weapons", have been identified as critical to gaining an advantage in the next creation of warfare by China's military leaders and strategists. At the same time, they are concerned that other nations, particularly the United States, may surpass them in this area and develop the potential to overwhelm China's air defences and assault its command-and-control systems. As a result, China's central and provincial governments, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), all PLA branches, and the country's state- and privately-owned industries are all working together.
Tristan covers human-centric artificial intelligence advances, quantum computing, STEM, Spiderman, physics, and space stuff. Pronouns: He/hi (show all) Tristan covers human-centric artificial intelligence advances, quantum computing, STEM, Spiderman, physics, and space stuff. There are few more compelling story lines at the intersection of Wall Street and Fear Street than China's rise to global prominence in the field of artificial intelligence. You don't have to look very far to find a military or financial expert who believes China's AI program will some day surpass the capabilities of its democratic counterparts in Silicon Valley. But, as we've written before, the idea that China is in second place behind the US is a bit misleading. Currently, it would be a huge stretch to call it a race.
Late last year, China's Ministry of Science and Technology issued guidelines on artificial intelligence ethics. The rules stress user rights and data control while aligning with Beijing's goal of reining in big tech. China is now trailblazing the regulation of AI technologies, and the rest of the world needs to pay attention to what it's doing and why. The European Union had issued a preliminary draft of AI-related rules in April 2021, but we've seen nothing final. In the United States, the notion of ethical AI has gotten some traction, but there aren't any overarching regulations or universally accepted best practices.
In today's China, behemoths like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. are out of favor, but "little giants" are on the rise. That's the designation for a new generation of startups that have been selected under an ambitious government program aimed at fostering a technology industry that can compete with Silicon Valley. These often-obscure companies have demonstrated they're doing something innovative and unique, and they're targeting strategically important sectors like robotics, quantum computing and semiconductors. Wu Gansha won the little giants title for his autonomous driving startup after a government review of his technology. That gave the Beijing company, Uisee, an extra dose of credibility and financial benefits.
An enormous robotic yak, strong enough to carry up to 352 pounds, and able to sprint along at up to 6 miles per hour, has been developed by Chinese scientists. The robot can deal with all sorts of road and weather conditions, according to the Chinese state run People's Daily, which shared a video of the yak on a road. When deployed, it will join soldiers from the Chinese army on logistics and reconnaissance missions across complex environments including snowfields, deserts and mountains. The missions will include working in remote border regions, as well as in high risk combat zones, according to reports by Chinese state media. The robot comes with multiple sensors, giving it a high degree of situational awareness that analysts say can be fed into commanders in a battlefield environment. The robot can deal with all sorts of road and weather conditions, according to the Chinese state run People's Daily, that shared a video of the yak on a road The full details of the Chinese robot yak haven't been revealed, but it can carry up to 352lb of goods.
When it comes to Sub-Saharan Africa, the media always focuses on war, famine and disease. Little is known about the innovation and positive attributes stemming from the region. One such attribute, is the growth of computer science and artificial intelligence. Indeed, the field of AI has skyrocketed in developing nations with the advent of the home computer, but has recently found burgeoning roots, not in Silicon Valley, India or China, but in the bustling capital of Ethiopia. Thanks to a leading AI group in Hong Kong called OpenCog Foundation, funding from the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation based in New York, and the Hong Kong government, the AI lab in Sidist Killo, Ethiopia called Addis AI Lab, has become the computer science pioneer in Sub-Saharan Africa.