Brain made in China. Why Beijing invest in artificial intelligence?
It’s not science-fiction already. Artificial intelligence seems to be real in present times. Tech pioneers from China are working on a solution an upgrade for our brain.
We’re glued to our phones because they do all of the thinking for us. Our smartphone has become our second brain and it gets better every day. For instance? Facial recognition, cars that drives themselves and also detecting cancer potentially better than a doctor. These are just some of the technologies that artificial intelligence is fuening. And with the potential to add trillions of dollars to a nation’s GDP, the race to become an AI superpower on.
In the age of AI, data is the new oil, so China is the new Saudi Arabia. China’s rising in AI is relatively recent. Evolution reached a symbolic moment, what some even called a wake up call. The Chinese central government announced its ambitious plans to build up artificial intelligence capabilities. As part of its existing Made in China 2025 plan, it aims to create A Next Generation Intelligence Development Plan.
The plan is broken up into three benchmarks: to keep pace with AI technologies by 2020, achieve AI breakthroughs by 2025, and to actually be the world leader in 2030. In 2017 Chinese President Xi Jinping said to communist party: “We need to speed up building China into strong country with advanced manufacturing, pushing for deep integration between the real economy and advanced technologies including internet, big data and artificial intelligence”. President showed directions, citizens started to produce artifical engine of brain.
How it began and how it will end?
China sends 350,000 students to America every year. And maybe Harvard and Stanford University is the seat of many Nobel prize winners, but China has other approach to education. Their students get knowledge and work on the foreign ground with the best specialists in each science, and usually back to Beijing or Shanghai. Chinese also offer competitive salaries to honour lectures of Nobel prize winners at homeland. These all factors bring them great results.
In 2017, Chinese venture-capital investors pour record sums of money into Research and Development, making up almost half of all AI venture funding globally. Their startups increase faster than American counterparts.
Does it be a good reason for China to start opening a bottle of champagne? Unpredictable, but still big competitor in AI market game is India. They have the same ability to do scale and monetize these types of technologies. Either way, China will be on the top producers of artificial intelligence in the future. Who knows, maybe over the next few years they’ll create an android?