China un­veils open source plat­form

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China’s sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy min­is­ter has shared that the gov­ern­ment has built an open source plat­form to boost the de­vel­op­ment of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) in the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, switch­ing to open source is ex­pected to make China a world leader in the field of AI by 2030. Of­fer­ing AI on an open source plat­form will help with its sci­en­tific de­vel­op­ment.

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia at the Na­tional Peo­ple’s As­sem­bly, Wan

Gang, the min­is­ter of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy said, “Open source plat­forms are needed be­cause AI can play a big­ger role in de­vel­op­ment and make it eas­ier for en­trepreneurs to have ac­cess to re­sources.”

AI tech­nol­ogy has been in de­vel­op­ment in China since 1980. The min­is­ter shared that now the coun­try wants to lead the sec­tor and hence this na­tional plan – started by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping. The plan in­volves mul­ti­ple min­istries, in or­der to be able to ap­ply the tech­nol­ogy in all fields. He also high­lighted the achieve­ments made in AI over the last few years, such as the de­vel­op­ment of in­tel­li­gent ve­hi­cles, fa­cial recog­ni­tion at air­ports and train sta­tions, or ro­bots that im­prove the qual­ity of peo­ple’s lives.

Wan also shared that pro­mo­tion of sci­en­tific R&D has been a key Chi­nese pol­icy, with in­creased state in­vest­ment and in­cen­tives. The min­is­ter said re­search gains in China have had a global im­pact. The plan, launched by China last year, aims to make the coun­try an AI leader in in­dus­try, ur­ban plan­ning, agri­cul­ture and de­fence. The plan aims to boost pro­duc­tion of AI-re­lated tech­nol­ogy to touch the fig­ure of US$ 22 bil­lion by 2020, US$ 60 bil­lion in 2025, and US$ 147 bil­lion by 2030.

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