Artificial intelligence, the latest facet of information technology, has gained increasing momentum and been widely applied in various sectors with tremendous potential, thus becoming a driving force of scientific and technological development during China's 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) period. It has also injected new impetus into the digital economy and played a key role in bolstering high-quality development and accelerating the nation's push for industrial upgrading, experts said. According to the 13th Five-Year Plan, the country called for developing AI, with a focus on fostering the industrial ecology of AI and promoting the integration and application of AI into key industries and fields. In July 2017, the State Council, China's Cabinet, issued a plan that set benchmarks for the country's AI sector, with the value of core AI industries predicted to exceed 1 trillion yuan ($150 billion) and making the country one of the global leaders in AI innovation by 2030. China has made tremendous strides in AI over the past five years as it has outpaced the United States in the number of worldwide AI-related patent applications, said a report from a Ministry of Industry and Information Technology research unit. The report also pointed out that AI is considered an important direction for industrial upgrading, and the country's strategic plan for AI offers a broad space for the research and development of AI technologies and related industries.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is creeping into our everyday lives, often without us realizing it. Today, AI can be found in the digital assistants we use such as Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) Siri and Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Alexa to check our schedules and search for things on the internet; in the cars we own that now park themselves as they are able to recognize space around the vehicle; and in the small robots we use to clean our houses, such as the Roomba vacuum. Artificial intelligence is becoming more a part of our lives all the time, and will only grow in importance in coming years. In the not too distant future, AI will influence everything from how we shop for groceries to how diseases are diagnosed and treated by doctors. It all adds up to a fast growing market.
The move to RISC-V for running neural networks for edge AI applications is accelerated by the proposed takeover of ARM by Nvidia, says Yann LeCun, chief AI scientist at Facebook speaking at the Innovation Day of French research lab CEA-Leti. "There is a change in the industry and ARM with Nvidia makes people uneasy but the emergence of RISC-V sees chips with a RISC-V core and an NPU (neural processing unit)," he said. "These are incredibly cheap, less than $10, with many out of China, and these will become ubiquitous," he said. "I'm wondering if RISC-V will take over the world there." He is dismissive of a major programme at Leti working on spiking neural networks and analogue approaches such as resistive RAM (RRAM), but this might be expected from the inventor of the Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) and winner of the Turing Award for AI in 2018.
Welcome to AI book reviews, a series of posts that explore the latest literature on artificial intelligence. If artificial intelligence will destroy humanity, it probably won't be through killer robots and the incarnation--it will be through a thousand paper cuts. In the shadow of the immense benefits of advances in technology, the dark effects of AI algorithms are slowly creeping into different aspects of our lives, causing divide, unintentionally marginalizing groups of people, stealing our attention, and widening the gap between the wealthy and the poor. While we're already seeing and discussing many of the negative aspects of AI, not enough is being done to address them. And the reason is that we're looking in the wrong place, as futurist and Amy Webb discusses in her book The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity. Many are quick to blame large tech companies for the problems caused by artificial intelligence.
Danish architecture studio BIG has designed Terminus AI City Operating System as a campus in Chongqing, China, that will be operated by an artificial intelligence system. BIG has drawn up the plans for smart service specialists Terminus Group, which will have its headquarters at the centre of the artificial intelligence-run city campus. Called Terminus AI City Operating System, or TACOS, everything in the city from the fire service to personal butlers would be operated by this AI. The development will be located in Chongqing Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone and will include Cloud Valley, a campus-style headquarters for Terminus Group. "We are excited to build an in-depth partnership with Terminus Group," said Ingels.
China continues to move forward with advances in using robotics and AI in manufacturing. On a trip to Beijing in 2005, I was shown a manufacturing facility making PCs that even then had moved mostly to robotic automation. I had been in a PC manufacturing facility before this and so much of what was done then was by less sophisticated automation or by hand. After viewing this PC operation with its impressive robots, it became clear to me that China had a real edge on robotic manufacturing automation and that it could become a more powerful force in manufacturing. At that time, most of this type of manufacturing was done in Taiwan and other regions of Southeast Asia with some automation.
Do you believe that artificial intelligence (AI) is powerful and smart enough to take over the majority of jobs in the future? Should people start rethinking their career choices and choose jobs that are the least likely to become obsolete thanks to automation? According to Sinovations Ventures' Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, predicting the future of tech in China, robots are likely to replace 50 percent of all jobs in the next 10 years. The influential technologist has 50 million followers on Chinese social networks. He recently told CNBC that AI is the wave of the future, calling it the "singular thing that will be larger than all of human tech revolutions added together, including electricity, [the] industrial revolution, internet, mobile internet -- because AI is pervasive."
'we have over the recent years worked with several of the world's leading technology companies,' says bjarke ingels, founder & creative director of BIG-bjarke ingels group. 'we are thrilled to bring our experience to chongqing and together with terminus create AI CITY, the first landmark project in the hi-tech zone to become a new center of innovation for china. AI CITY is envisioned as a city where people, technology and nature thrive together -- with spaces designed for all types of life: human life, plant life, animal life and even artificial life.' AI CITY seeks to provide terminus, and the world's leading tech companies, with a place to advance the future of artificial intelligence and robotics, and build the foundations of a new sustainable development. BIG says that the roofscape is one of the project's most important components.
It was reported that Venture Capital investments into AI related startups made a significant increase in 2018, jumping by 72% compared to 2017, with 466 startups funded from 533 in 2017. PWC moneytree report stated that that seed-stage deal activity in the US among AI-related companies rose to 28% in the fourth-quarter of 2018, compared to 24% in the three months prior, while expansion-stage deal activity jumped to 32%, from 23%. There will be an increasing international rivalry over the global leadership of AI. President Putin of Russia was quoted as saying that "the nation that leads in AI will be the ruler of the world". Billionaire Mark Cuban was reported in CNBC as stating that "the world's first trillionaire would be an AI entrepreneur".
Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) recently hosted its annual Baidu World Conference in Beijing to showcase its latest technologies. The theme of this year's conference was the "Intelligence of Everything," with a heavy emphasis on artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in cars, wearables, and other connected devices. Let's examine four of these new AI technologies, how they'll expand Baidu's ecosystem, and whether or not they can strengthen its core business -- which still faces stiff competition from growing rivals like Tencent (OTC:TCEH.Y), Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), and ByteDance. Baidu announced that its autonomous vehicles have undergone six million kilometers of open road tests, carried 100,000 passengers across 27 cities, and experienced zero accidents. Baidu also showcased a fully autonomous robotaxi, which can carry passengers without a backup driver, and a new autonomous valet parking feature, and revealed a 5G "remote driving" feature which will allow human drivers to remotely control vehicles in case of emergencies.