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szdaily -> Business
Nation aims to become world leader in AI
    2017-July-24  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE Chinese Government has outlined plans to become a world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2025, laying down a challenge to U.S. dominance in the sector.

China released a national AI development plan last week, aiming to grow the country’s core AI industries to more than 150 billion yuan (US$22.15 billion) by 2020 and 400 billion yuan by 2025, the State Council, or Cabinet, said.

With this major push into AI, China is looking to rival U.S. market leaders such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Microsoft Corp., as it is keen not to be left behind in a technology that is increasingly key from smart cars to energy.

“The local and central governments are supporting this AI effort,” said Rui Yong, chief technology officer at PC maker Lenovo Group, speaking on the sidelines of an AI conference in Shanghai.

“They see this trend coming and they want to invest more.”

China’s AI plan comes as the United States is poised to bolster its scrutiny of investments, including artificial intelligence, over fears that other countries could access technology of strategic military importance.

China’s State Council said the “situation with China on national security and international competition is complex,” which was part of the incentive for making a domestic AI push.

“We must take initiative to firmly grasp this new stage of development for artificial intelligence and create a new competitive edge,” it said.

China’s plan follows a similar national AI development plan released by the United States in October 2016.

The roadmap said China aims to catch up to global leaders by solving issues including a lack of high-end computer chips, software and trained personnel. China would also play a bigger role via policy support and regulation.

China has already invested heavily in AI, while Premier Li Keqiang named it as a strategic technology in an annual report earlier this year.

In February, the country’s top State planner opened an AI lab in partnership with Baidu Inc., the country’s top search engine, which is making a major push into AI.

Lenovo’s Rui said official support for AI was because it was seen as the latest “industrial revolution” akin to the advent of the combustion engine, electricity or the Internet.

“They see the fourth industrial revolution as coming, (and think) we better invest and support and build a very strong ecosystem,” said Rui.

(SD-Agencies)

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