China ad­vances its AI agenda with new na­tional plat­form

Global Times - Weekend - - NATION - By Zhang Hong­pei

The Chi­nese AI start-up CloudWalk on Fri­day launched an open-source plat­form of­fer­ing ba­sic re­sources to com­pa­nies and pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions that will al­low them to de­velop ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) ser­vices, mark­ing the coun­try’s strength­en­ing ef­forts in re­al­iz­ing its tar­get by lead­ing the world in the AI sec­tor by 2030.

The Guangzhou-based CloudWalk, an AI start-up known for its fa­cial recog­ni­tion tech­nolo­gies, be­came the first en­ter­prise to launch such a plat­form, a task as­signed by the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion in 2017.

In com­par­i­son to tra­di­tional AI plat­forms, the new one fea­tures data and in­for­ma­tion pro­tec­tion. It is more eas­ily in­te­grated with a va­ri­ety of busi­ness ap­pli­ca­tions and aims to ac­cel­er­ate in­dus­trial up­grad­ing, said Zhang Li, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of CloudWalk, dur­ing a con­fer­ence held on Fri­day in Bei­jing.

“The US has tar­geted China’s eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion, from low and mid­dle level to mid­dle-and-top one, and es­pe­cially our grad­u­ally en­hanc­ing high tech sec­tor,” said Hou Yunchun, deputy direc­tor at the De­vel­op­ment Re­search Cen­ter of the State Coun­cil, at the con­fer­ence.

“We have no way out but to im­prove our eco­nomic stan­dards based on the new round of tech­nol­ogy rev­o­lu­tion rep­re­sented by AI.”

“Co­op­er­a­tion with de­vel­oped coun­tries in­clud­ing the US is also quite nec­es­sary and we have to ac­knowl­edge the cur­rent gap in terms of tech­nol­ogy re­search,” Zhou Xi, founder of CloudWalk, told the Global Times Fri­day.

“In the era of AI, plat­form plays the role of de­ter­min­ing the bat­tle,” Zhou said.

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