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Big Shanghai AI conference; Seoul Robotics releases 3D perception software

Against the backdrop of the brief round of China-U.S. trade talks held this week in Shanghai's Xijiao
August 1 · Issue #37 · View online
Asia AI News
Against the backdrop of the brief round of China-U.S. trade talks held this week in Shanghai’s Xijiao Conference Center, the city is getting ready for its biggest AI event of the year at the end of this month. 
Shanghai has been actively encouraging the AI industry, announcing plans for multi-billion dollar AI development fund at the beginning of the year, plans for a first-of-its-kind National Pilot Area for the Innovative Development of New-Generation AI on Zhangjiang AI Island in May and opening AI Space, a 3,000 square metre incubator in Wujiaochang district during June. Shanghai has its sights set on being a global AI hub and aims to grow its AI industry to more than 100 billion yuan ($14.4 billion) by 2020.
The 2019 World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) will take place August 29 to 31 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center in Pudong New Area. The second edition of the event, WAIC once again draws on participants, sponsors and exhibitors from around the world including Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft - although U.S. tech firms don’t seem to be that keen on advertising the fact, at least outside China.
Although a wide range of tariffs are on the agenda for U.S.-China trade negotiations (talks resume in September), technology has been thrust front and centre of the Trump administration’s messaging on trade including technology security threats, technology transfer and the alleged theft of military technology secrets. Congress is currently working on a bill that would further restrict transfers of American technology to China.
Amazon, Microsoft and IBM have all opened research centres in Zhangjiang in Shanghai’s Pudong New Area during the past year (Google having previously opened its R&D centre in Beijing). with IBM being the first company to open facilities on the new Zhangjiang AI Island development. IBM’s Shanghai headquarters is only one of the three places in the world, where the company has a research lab, a systems lab and a development lab at the same location.
As mentioned last week, it does sometimes seem that the U.S. IT industry gets more enthusiastic about investing in China, the more alarmed Washington gets. However, with many of the big R&D lab announcements already squared away at last year’s WAIC, it could well be that the likes of Amazon, IBM and Microsoft don’t have that much to say this month anyway. 

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