China leads in artificial intelligence

China’s universities and enterprises are focusing successfully on artificial intelligence research and implementation. Chinese researchers had a strong showing in the historically U.S.-dominated conference of the Association of the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) in San Francisco in February.

According a report by The Atlantic, China has overtaken the U.S. as the world leader in artificial intelligence. “It’s not just academic research”, the report states. “Chinese tech companies are betting on AI, too. Baidu (a Chinese search-engine company often likened to Google), Didi (often likened to Uber), and Tencent (maker of the mega-popular messaging app WeChat) have all set up their own AI research labs. With millions of customers, these companies have access to the huge amount of data that training AI to detect patterns requires.”

Chinese tech companies see enormous potential in AI, as it may play a crucial role in technologies such as facial recognition and autonomous cars. China’s success in AI has been partly fueled by the government’s overall investment in scientific research at its universities. Over the past decade, government spending on research has grown by double digits on average every year.

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