AI Top 50 2018 – 970×90 CN

SoundAI’s Chang Le: Voice-Controlled Devices Next Battlefield For Digital Traffic

China’s tech giants are waging a price war over smart speakers. But that’s ok with Chang Le, co-founder of Beijing-based start-up SoundAI, who sees it as a sign of market strength. Baidu just released its lower-end smart speaker Xiaodu at a special discount price of RMB89 (US$13.9), the same as Alibaba’s smart speaker Tianmao Jingling (Tmall Genie), and little more than’s Dingdong, which is selling at a discounted RMB79 (US$12). Chang says the price war is completely understandable because every …

China State-Owned CICIIF To Launch $255M Semiconductor Fund With Foundry

State-owned China Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund (CICIIF) has joined Hong Kong-listed Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), a semiconductor foundry company headquartered in Shanghai, to establish a RMB1.62 billion (US$255.16 million) fund focused on equity investment in semiconductors.

Tencent Sets Up Robotics Laboratory To Support A.I. Ambitions

Chinese Internet giant Tencent has announced the establishment of a robotics laboratory named "Robotics X”, to support the company’s push into AI and robotics. The new lab, to be based in Shenzhen, will reinforce Tencent’s R&D in the artificial intelligence realm in conjunction with its existing AI Lab, launched in April 2016. At the same time, the company announced that it had reached a strategic cooperation agreement with Nature Research, a subsidiary of academic publisher Springer Nature, to promote research …

FBI Prosecutes Chinese AI Scientist As Sino-US Tech Rivalry Escalates

For the hundreds of thousands Chinese scientists trained overseas returning home, there is now a more palpable concern when making this increasingly popular career move. As the FBI accused a top Chinese AI expert for fraud last week, the action was interpreted by China as part of a "technology cold war" waged by the U.S. against the country and its top scientists.