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.

China Gets Low Marks On Autonomous Vehicle Preparedness Ranking

China will need to upgrade its regulatory framework and infrastructure before it becomes a leader in the autonomous vehicles space, according to a study by KPMG. In the report, China came 16th on a list of 20 nations in terms of readiness for autonomous vehicles, just below Spain, but ahead of Brazil, Russia and India.

Baidu Venture Capital Raises US$317M For Artificial Intelligence Focused Fund

Baidu Venture Capital (BV), the early-stage investment unit of Baidu Inc. focused on artificial intelligence investments, has completed the first closing of its second RMB fund, having raised nearly RMB2 billion (US$317 million), according to a WeChat post by the firm. Together with BV’s first RMB fund and a US dollar fund, the firm has total assets under management of around RMB3 billion (US$476 million), the company said. External investors joined the fund for the first time as limited partners, …

Andrew Ng’s New AI Fund Raises $175M From Sequoia Capital, SoftBank

Andrew Ng, former chief scientist at Baidu and one of the founders of the Google Brain team, announced that his artificial intelligence-focused incubator AI Fund has raised US$175 million from investors including Sequoia Capital, the SoftBank Group, New Enterprise Associates, Greylock Partners and others.

Singapore’s Temasek Leads $100M Round In Chinese Robotics Firm Rokid

Singapore’s Temasek Holdings has led a new funding round in Rokid, a Chinese robotics start-up. Investors including Credit Suisse Group, CDIB Capital International, and existing investor IDG Capital also participated in the round, Rokid announced on its Wechat official account. The company did not disclose the amount it raised, but Chinese media reports put the number at US$100 million. Rokid did not immediately respond to China Money Network’s inquiry to confirm the figure. The new round values the company at …