AI In China

Compared to the United States Silicon Valley, China’s Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent and other companies in the artificial intelligence (AI) have more data advantages. Chinese companies have taken advantage of machine learning to gain access to newer areas, including medical diagnostics, face recognition, and AI-capable voice-enabled hardware. The Financial Times reported that Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent have placed great emphasis on AI, setting up expert laboratories both domestically and overseas, and hiring top engineers. Tencent chief operating officer Ren Yu Xin said that starting in 2016, Tencent regarded AI as one of the priority projects as a strategic focus.

Alibaba also started introducing the achievements of promoting AI in this year’s profit statement. This November 11 “Singles Day” shows some of the power of AI. Alibaba made 400 million customized banner advertisements with AI one month before the shopping festival. During the pre-sale period, Alibaba’s chat robots answered 350 Ten thousand simple questions, such as “Where is my package?” Alibaba’s third-party e-commerce platform Taobao is also developing AI, allowing users to use image search to find the same or similar products. For example, this allows shoppers to search for a skirt worn by a celebrity.

Analysts said the above Chinese companies are still in their infancy in using AI, but such applications suggest how China may be leading the world, especially as businesses accelerate the use of related technologies. Anand Swaminathan, a senior partner at consulting firm McKinsey, said China has two advantages over Silicon Valley: “They are here to test with more than 1 billion people, so the United States is inherently deficient in this regard. China’s investment rate and scale are fundamentally higher than that of the United States. ”

China’s technology industry in the telecommunications and medical industry may be how to use AI, will be the future concern.Alibaba’s current voice-activated personal assistant is one step ahead of Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa; Alibaba plans to introduce ticket machines at subway stations that filter out background noise and listen to only those who book tickets.

Yan Zhijie, director of Alibaba’s team of intelligent voice interactivity, said the novelty of the technology is that it can be applied to real products with the help of evolving technologies to provide access to public places on behalf of personal assistants, including airports, train stations, restaurants and desk.

More intelligent AI and larger data sizes are also suitable for medical applications. Tencent intends to apply AI technology to one of the companies detecting early-stage lung cancer. But David Lam, an assistant professor and respiratory specialist at the University of Hong Kong, said the project’s initial results will take five years.


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