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China's AI Revolution; Modi calls for human / AI balance

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Good morning, Here's your first Asia AI News of the week! If you have friends or colleagues that you
 
October 21 · Issue #105 · View online
Asia AI News
Good morning,
Here’s your first Asia AI News of the week! If you have friends or colleagues that you believe might also appreciate the newsletter, please do forward this email to them.
No AI startup or investment news to report, but some interesting stories from the weekend, including a one hour special on China’s development and usage of artificial intelligence from CGTN (China Global Television Network).
CGTN’s ’China’s AI Revolution’ Big Story special takes a look at China’s key hubs for AI development and innovation, interviewing startups, academics and industry experts, including computer scientist, entrepreneur and best-selling author Kai-Fu Lee. It’s well done and well worth watching. I can also recommend the documentary as a primer for anyone wanting to get a good overview of how China is using AI across retail, healthcare and smart cities.
In other news, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared more of his vision for an AI future on Sunday, hitting back at those predicting AI as a challenge to India’s human resources. The Prime Minister said that he believed technology and talent were force multipliers, rather than a threat.
Finally, Yukon Huang and Jeremy Smith from Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, make a good point in their Foreign Policy opinion piece last week (subscription required). Whist Democrats and Republicans in Washington are bringing more focus to encourage China to protect intellectual property rights, it’s worth noting that China’s IP rights apparatus has actually improved.
Have a great week ahead!
/Carrington

Video: China's AI Revolution
China's AI Revolution (video) China's AI Revolution (video)
Smart Cities
Japan city pilots AI system to sort out taxi-sharing, smooth way for tourists Japan city pilots AI system to sort out taxi-sharing, smooth way for tourists
KT to take AI hotel platform to Philippines, Dubai, Guam
Robots serve customers at 1st 'smart' restaurant in Odisha
AI Policy
Modi for bridging gap between human intentions, AI
China calls for tech collaboration while criticizing U.S. action
Agriculture
Assam company India to use AI and smart drones for tea farming
US-China Trade War
The five mistakes Trump’s team keeps making in US-China trade talks The five mistakes Trump’s team keeps making in US-China trade talks
US blacklist of Chinese surveillance companies creates supply chain confusion
China’s surveillance giant fears losing business over US curbs
China’s record on intellectual property rights is getting better and better
The Week Ahead
Not a busy week for international AI events in Asia, but there are a few. It’s also the 10th Japan IT Week Autumn, which does include some conference and seminar content on AI and intelligent automation.
20-24 Oct. - Quantum Techniques in Machine Learning (Daejeon, South Korea)
21-22 Oct. - Global Drone Conference (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
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