Shang­hai po­si­tions it­self as na­tion’s AI hub

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By WANG YING in Shang­hai wang_y­ing@chi­

Shang­hai is look­ing to be­come China’s hot-spot for ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and wants to ex­pand the in­dus­try scale in the city to more than 100 bil­lion yuan ($15.06 mil­lion) by 2020, ac­cord­ing to a new mu­nic­i­pal plan is­sued on Tues­day.

The Opin­ion on Pro­mot­ing the City’s Next Gen­er­a­tion of AI De­vel­op­ment was pub­lished on the mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment web­site, out­lin­ing 21 mea­sures to boost the in­dus­try. These in­clude steps like form­ing a world class in­dus­try clus­ter, nur­tur­ing 10 bench­mark AI in­no­va­tive en­ter­prises with sub­stan­tial in­flu­ence, build­ing six AI in­no­va­tive ap­pli­ca­tion demon­stra­tion ar­eas and launch­ing more than 100 ap­pli­ca­tion demon­stra­tion projects.

“Shang­hai’s rich big data re­sources, wide ap­pli­ca­tion of smart tech­nolo­gies, suf­fi­cient in­dus­tries, as well as its af­flu­ent re­search tal­ents have laid a solid foun­da­tion for the de­vel­op­ment of the AI in­dus­try,” said Chen Mingbo, direc­tor of the Shang­hai Com­mis­sion of Econ­omy and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy.

Ac­cord­ing to Chen, al­though Baidu, Alibaba and Ten­cent, the trio of Chi­nese in­ter­net giants, are not based in Shang­hai, the city could be the birth­place of AI uni­corn com­pa­nies, as its con­di­tions are ma­ture.

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