Cyber/Hacking/AI Part 6

China Emerges as Artificial Intelligence Research Hub


  • Beijing is set to invest $31 billion raised via China Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund in homegrown start-ups working on Artificial Intelligence (AI) chips. China is by far the world’s largest consumer of microchips and semiconductor circuits, importing $200 billion worth of these products annually. But the Chinese authorities worry that the country’s reliance on import threatens national security and hampers the development of a thriving technology sector.

AI-driven technology reshaping city traffic in China


  • An ambulance in Hangzhou, an eastern Chinese city, avoids gridlock and all red lights switch to green as it approaches. “The travel time was cut to half,” said Sun Shixiang, of Hangzhou’s public security bureau, while pointing to a big screen. The progress is attributed to Alibaba’s “City Brain”, an AI platform on Alibaba’s cloud infrastructure. It is a support to cities in digital transformation.

Chinese scientists develop AI system to diagnose human diseases


  • Chinese scientists have developed an artificial intelligence system for the classification and diagnosis of treatable human diseases. A scientific research team at Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center applied a deep-learning framework to develop a diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of pediatric pneumonia and common treatable blinding retinal diseases.

AI sector sees big investment, financing in 2017: report


  • China’s artificial intelligence (AI) industry received about 180 billion yuan (28 billion U.S. dollars) of investment and financing last year, according to a recent report. Intelligent driving, big data and data service were among the main areas of investment, according to a report released by China Academy of Information and Communications Technology. China gained 28 new AI enterprises in 2017, compared with 128 new ones in 2016, the report said, adding that the fluctuation will not affect a long-term trend of growth.

China’s AI startups scored more funding than America’s last year

February 14, 2018

  • Of $15.2 billion invested in AI startups globally in 2017, 48 percent went to China and just 38 percent to America. So says a new report from CB Insights about the state of AI. So long, America: It’s the first time China’s AI startups surpassed those in the US in terms of funding. While America still has more AI startups than China, they’re starting to lose out in striking equity deals: the US accounted for 77 percent of them in 2013, but that fell to 50 percent last year.

China is rapidly closing the US’s lead in AI research

February 05, 2018

  • Every year, hundreds of researchers gather at the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) to hear presentations on the latest developments in AI. Increasingly, that means learning about the work of Chinese researchers. According to a study (paywall) published recently by economists at the University of Toronto, 23% of the authors of papers presented at the 2017 AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence were Chinese, compared to just 10% in 2012. At the same time, the share of US authors fell from 41% to 34%. The economists see this change as indicative of China’s rise to prominence in AI, and a harbinger of a future battle for AI supremacy between China and the US.

China Using AI to Build Nuclear Submarine That Can ‘Think for Itself’

February, 05th 2018

  • China is working on a project to update the old computer systems on nuclear submarines with artificial intelligence to enhance the potential thinking skills of commanding officers and reduce the chance of mistakes, a scientist involved with the project said. The researcher said the plan would help promote China’s navy in battles under the sea, and would help carry AI technology’s potential to the next level, local media reported.

How China’s AI technology can help Twitter’s suicidal users

03 February, 2018

  • Chinese researchers using AI technology to prevent suicides on popular microblogging site Weibo are now working with academics in the United States to introduce it on Twitter. The system has been used on Weibo for the past nine months, identifying more than 20,000 users who expressed suicidal thoughts and sending messages to them with a hotline number and online tools to get professional help.

China’s first automated restaurant opens in Hangzhou


  • A customer walks through the food pick-up window at the first automated restaurant run by China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, on January 30, 2018. The restaurant, a joint venture between Alibaba and well-known local catering brand Wufangzhai, opened to the public in January. The 24-hour a day restaurant features intelligent ordering, service notifications, self-service dining, and automatic payments. The restaurant runs on Alibaba’s restaurant platform Koubei. [Photo: VCG]

Chinese firms helping to reshape SE Asia’s AI sphere


  • Amid increasingly vehement contentions over China-US competition in the arena of artificial intelligence (AI), it almost seems trivial to ponder the position of Southeast Asian countries in the global AI race. But Chinese AI firms are showing rising interest in the region, which is home to more than 600 million people and is eager for an AI-enabled makeover. That said, Chinese AI firms eyeing a foothold in Southeast Asia should realize that the path to success in a market that is so geographically, culturally and linguistically fragmented could be bumpy.

China’s facial-recognition startups can probably pick you out of a crowd

January 25, 2018

  • A police department in China went from capturing a handful of suspects a year with officers watching CCTV cameras to capturing 69 suspects in one month after deploying software made by the firm SenseTime.

EU names China and Russia as top hackers

  1. Jan, 2018
  • The EU report said China was “the top attacking country” on denial of service attacks, which paralyse target systems by flooding them with data. It said 60 percent of all such attacks came from “China’s army of hackers” and that 90 percent of them targeted US entities. Attackers could hire botnet hordes on some Chinese sites “that even include dashboards showing the number of attacks carried out and the number of online bots” available the report said.

China enters the battle for AI talent

17 January 2018

  • A mountainous district in western Beijing known for its temples and mushroom production is tipped to become China’s hub for industries based on artificial intelligence (AI). Earlier this month, the Chinese government announced that it will spend 13.8 billion yuan (US$2.1 billion) on an AI industrial park — the first major investment in its plan to become a world leader in the field by 2030. But scientists there wonder whether the proposed 55-hectare AI park, in the Mentougou district 30 kilometres away from the city centre, will be able to attract enough researchers. The government wants it to house 400 companies that will make an estimated 50 billion yuan a year developing products and services in cloud computing, big data, biorecognition and deep learning. “I don’t see any top talent willing to go to work and live there,” says a scientist working at an AI start-up in Beijing, who asked to remain anonymous because the government is sensitive to criticism.

Google and Intel Beware: China Is Gunning for Dominance in AI Chips

Jan. 4, 2018

  • “This is the first time in history that a special-purpose chip can deliver a solution that is tens or hundreds of times better than the competition and that is addressing a fast-growing market that will be measured in the millions or tens of millions of devices,” says Karl Freund, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. “While previous attempts by Chinese companies to break into the digital semiconductor market have not been successful, I believe this time is different.”

Beijing to Pave Way for Autonomous Driving With New Test Road


  • Beijing will open its first road for autonomous test driving in Yizhuang, a town in the capital’s southern district of Daxing, according to a local transport official. The city will also alter its highway infrastructure to push ‘car-road synergy,’ local news outlets quoted the official from the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transportation as saying yesterday morning. The new testing road will pilot changes designed to make roads more easily recognizable to artificial intelligence. “Traffic signals, signs and road markings will all be changed,” he said. “Roads will be transformed to suit autonomous vehicles.”