Ad­vance AI to spur econ­omy, Xi urges

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - International Business -

XI Jin­ping, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, on Wed­nes­day called for step­ping up ef­forts to de­velop the new gen­er­a­tion of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence tech­nol­ogy to in­ject a fresh driv­ing force into the coun­try’s high-qual­ity eco­nomic growth.

Xi, also pres­i­dent, made the call while pre­sid­ing over a group study ses­sion of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee on the de­vel­op­ment of AI. Xi stressed that China is in ur­gent need of ma­jor tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion such as the new gen­er­a­tion of AI as its econ­omy has been tran­si­tion­ing from rapid growth to high­qual­ity de­vel­op­ment-a piv­otal stage for chang­ing the eco­nomic growth model, im­prov­ing eco­nomic struc­ture and fos­ter­ing new growth driv­ers.

AI should play an im­por­tant role in the re­form for bet­ter qual­ity, higher ef­fi­ciency and more ro­bust driv­ers of growth, Xi said. He called for re­forms of var­i­ous in­dus­tries by tak­ing ad­van­tage of AI tech­nolo­gies and fos­ter­ing new growth ar­eas and driv­ers of growth in medium to high-end con­sump­tion, in­no­va­tion-driven growth, the green and low-car­bon econ­omy, shar­ing econ­omy, mod­ern sup­ply chains and hu­man cap­i­tal ser­vices.

Xi hailed AI as a key driv­ing force for a new round of tech­no­log­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion and in­dus­trial re­form.

High­light­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of speed­ing up AI de­vel­op­ment, Xi said more solid and co­or­di­nated ef­forts should be made to pro­mote in­te­gra­tion of the tech­nol­ogy with so­cioe­co­nomic growth, and ad­vance healthy de­vel­op­ment of the new gen­er­a­tion of AI.

AI is emerg­ing as an im­por­tant fac­tor to pro­foundly in­flu­ence eco­nomic growth, so­cial progress and the in­ter­na­tional po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic land­scape, he said. In de­vel­op­ing AI tech­nolo­gies, Xi said, the em­pha­sis should be on strength­en­ing in­no­va­tions and cre­ativ­ity, and the main di­rec­tion for all-out ef­forts should be hav­ing a good com­mand of key core tech­nolo­gies.

He called for more in­put in the­o­ret­i­cal re­search in AI de­vel­op­ment to en­sure the coun­try takes the lead in the field and com­mands cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies.

Ap­pli­ca­tion of AI tech­nolo­gies to so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment should be in­ten­si­fied to ad­vance the in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion of the tech­nolo­gies so as to cre­ate good mo­men­tum for the in­te­gra­tion of tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions with in­dus­trial ap­pli­ca­tions, Xi said.

Xi stressed cul­ti­vat­ing pro­fes­sion­als in AI de­vel­op­ment, and said more force­ful mea­sures should be taken to de­velop high-level ta­lent in the field.

– China Daily

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