On February 25, the Shanghai Government announced its Implementation Plan for Accelerating the Development of the New Energy Automobile Industry (2021-2025). It proposes that by 2025, smart cars with conditional self-driving functionalities shall enter large-scale production, significant progress will be made to set up a standard system for testing, demonstrating smart cars. City officials noted that so far, Shanghai has opened 560 kilometers of test roads. A total of 152 vehicles from 22 companies have been issued with road test and demonstration qualifications, which make Shanghai the first amongst other Chinese cities. We know you don't want to miss any news or research breakthroughs. Subscribe to our popular newsletter Synced Global AI Weekly to get weekly AI updates.
Scientists in Hong Kong have developed artificial skin that bruises like the real thing. The material, called I-skin, could be used on artificial limbs to alert users they have damaged their prosthetics. It's embedded with a gel that turns from yellow to welt-like purple when subjected to physical stress. Volunteers wearing strips of I-skin on their fingers, hands and knees repeatedly banged the appendage against a wall, proving the'bruise' would appear if enough force was used. Scientists in Hong Kong have developed an artificial skin that will mimic the discoloration of a bruise if hit hard enough.
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Earlier this month, Chinese artificial intelligence (A.I.) researchers at the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI) unveiled Wu Dao 2.0, the world's biggest natural language processing (NLP) model. NLP is a branch of A.I. research that aims to give computers the ability to understand text and spoken words and respond to them in much the same way human beings can. Last year, the San Francisco–based nonprofit A.I. research laboratory OpenAI wowed the world when it released its GPT-3 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3) language model. GPT-3 is a 175 billion–parameter deep learning model trained on text datasets with hundreds of billions of words. A parameter is a calculation in a neural network that shapes the model's data by assigning to each chunk a greater or lesser weighting, thus providing the neural network a learned perspective on the data.
CHINESE fighter pilots have been going up against aircraft piloted by artificial intelligence that fare "better than humans" and can shoot them down in simulated dogfights. The Air Force has been testing out AI systems that have been "sharpening the sword" for the country's pilots, Chinese media reported. A People's Liberation Army Air Force brigade flight team leader and recognized fighter ace, Fang Guoyu, was recently "shot down" by one of the advanced aircraft. The AI adversary proved triumphant during an air-to-air combat simulation, according to the Chinese military's official newspaper, PLA Daily. Guoyo explained that although it was easy to defeat the AI aircraft in the early stages of training, the AI learned from its human opponent with each battle.
The Chinese PLA Central Theater Command Air Force simulated a dogfight in which a highly experienced pilot was shot down by an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven aircraft. China's state media Global Times cited a report by PLA Daily, Army's official newsletter, on the simulation exercise. It does not mention which aircraft was used in this exercise though. There has been an increasing application of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in military combat training with major powers including the US, China, and Russia joining the race. A mock combat exercise was held in which AI-enabled opponents outperformed many of the PLA Air Force pilots. According to the GT report, China has been investing heavily in AI and machine learning.
Hua Zhibing officially registered and became a student of Beijing's Tsinghua University on Tuesday. Hua Zhibing's appearance, voice and even the music playing in the background of the vlog she introduced herself to the world in were all created using on a record-breaking AI modeling system called Wudao 2.0. It was unveiled at the 2021 Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI) Conference on June 1, and, according to its developers, it is the first trillion scale model in China and the largest in the world. Wudao 2.0 is designed to enable machines to think like humans and is reportedly close to passing the Turing test in poetry and couplets creation, text summaries, answering questions and painting. Tsinghua University's newest student will study in the Department of Computer Science and Technology and is expected to grow and learn faster than an average actual person.
Russia and China have committed to work together on a moon base and lunar space station, but it will not be ready to house astronauts until at least 2036, the two countries said. Known as the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS), it will consist of a surface moon base and station in lunar orbit, with construction expected to start in 2026. The two nations have asked other international agencies to join them in the project, which will also include rovers and'hopping robots' to aid eventual inhabitants. NASA is working with the European Space Agency (ESA), as well as Canada and Japan on the Lunar Gateway, a modular crewed space station designed to operate in orbit around the moon and help astronauts reach the lunar surface from 2024. While Russia and China are working together on the moon, the two will compete in low Earth orbit, with both planning their own space station to rival the International Space Station (ISS).
Chinese tech giant Baidu and state-owned BAIC Group's ARCFOX Brand have teamed to build 1000 autonomous electric vehicles (EVs) for use as taxis over the next three years -- and claim they've cut manufacturing costs to just $75,000 apiece. The announcement claims the reasonable price is due to maturation in technology and mass production capabilities and makes the vehicle, called the Apollo Moon, only one third of the cost of average L4 autonomous vehicles. Apollo Moon has a projected operating cycle of over five years and is built on the fully electric midsize crossover SUV, Arcfox α-T. As for the tech, it uses the ANP-Robotaxi navigation platform, which is currently in pilot. Baidu claims the architecture can "reduce the weight of autonomous vehicle kits while sharing intelligent driving vehicle data to create a closed-loop information ecosystem."