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Good morning! Some interesting AI news and comment over the weekend (even if one ignores all the crit
 
August 5 · Issue #40 · View online
Asia AI News
Good morning!
Some interesting AI news and comment over the weekend (even if one ignores all the critiques of Peter Thiel’s NYT opinion piece!).
A few Asia AI stories below including some startup news from India and Hong Kong. A number of stories about AI in India, including an update on military AI development, all about Walmart’s recent Indian startup acquisitions and a download link for IDC and Microsoft’s new AI survey of Indian business leaders and employees.
You’ll also find a couple of stories about AI being used to save India’s tigers and West Sumatra’s rain forest. In case you missed it, I shared a story last week about China’s efforts to track Amur tigers using AI (newsletter 29 July).
The AI Summit Hong Kong seems to be the big event of the week, which begins Wednesday at the Hong Kong Convention Centre in Wan Chai (although there is a VIP reception tomorrow evening). Organised by Informa’s AI Business unit, about 1,500 attendees and more than 100 speakers are expected to attend. Twitter hashtag is #AISummitHongKong. It’s looking good!
Finally, I’ve linked to the Nature.com article from the Tianjic chip R&D team below (a.k.a. the science behind the AI bicycle video). You’ll need splash out $8.99 though, if you’re not a Nature subscriber.
Enjoy the AI Summit, if you’re going! Either way, have a good week!
/Carrington

Startup News
Khosla Ventures invests $2 million in Veri5Digital
Hong Kong start-up Wildfaces uses AI to spot potential suicide attempts and fights in prisons
US-China Trade War
Chinese state media questions whether US trade talks should continue after Donald Trump’s ‘destructive’ tariff threat
China shoots back in Trump’s trade war escalation
India focus
World’s largest retailer loves Indian startups
Survey: thumbs up for AI in India
Chennai is quickly turning into the new hotbed for SaaS & deep-tech startups
AI-enabled buses to be rolled in Indian states to avert accidents
Yalochat Appoints Nitin Sunder Mirchandani as CEO for India and South East Asia
AI in military operations: Where does India stand?
Education
Premier tech status for Malaysian universities
Conservation
India's tiger population is rising and it is not just because we can now count better
Google's artificial intelligence helps protect West Sumatra's rainforests
In Aid Of The Aged?
Desperate for workers, aging Japan turns to robots for healthcare
Chinese police using AI to identify ‘lost’ elderly people
Princess Ubolratana recommends development of robots for elderly care
AGI
Towards artificial general intelligence with hybrid Tianjic chip architecture
The Week Ahead
The AI Summit Hong Kong appears to be the big event of the week, with organisers expecting 1,500 attendees and more than 100 speakers. Event sponsors include AGORAI, Darktrace, Facebook and a dozen others, including Forbes and South China Morning Post as media partners. Twitter hashtag is #AISummitHongKong.
6-8 August - AI Summit (Hong Kong)
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