Xi’s bookshelf illustrates goal
Country’s ambition regarding artificial intelligence in the spotlight after newly published books on AI are seen in video of president’s New Year speech
artificial intelligence, cloud computing and big data in recent years. In his address to the 19th CPC National Congress, Xi called for more efforts to foster new areas of growth through further integration of the internet, big data and artificial intelligence with the real economy.
Speaking at a collective study session of the CPC Central Committee’s Political Bureau in December, Xi said the internet, big data, artificial intelligence and the real economy all should be interconnected.
Xi also emphasized the necessity of using big data to improve governance.
While inspecting a company in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, in December, Xi called for more innovation in the equipment manufacturing sector to accelerate China’s drive toward becoming a manufacturing powerhouse and to bolster the real economy.
At Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group Co Ltd, a leading domestic manufacturer, Xi was briefed about the company’s intelligent assembly lines and big data platform.
“Innovation is the source of business core competitiveness,” Xi said. He urged a shift from “Made in China” to “Created in China”.
Innovation ranks first among the Five Concepts of Development raised by Xi as the driver of a new kind of economic growth, along with the other four concepts of coordination, environment, openness and sharing.
In a signed article in German media ahead of his state visit to Germany in July, Xi called on the two countries to deepen practical cooperation in such fields as innovation, the internet and smart manufacturing.
The G20 Hangzhou Summit, held in East China’s Zhejiang province in 2016, adopted the Blueprint on Innovative Growth and formulated a specific action plan.
Wu Fei, head of the Artificial Intelligence Institute at Zhejiang University, said that as general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and president, Xi has set a visionary tone for China’s AI development, which is to turn into a global AI leader in the coming 15 years. “President Xi has said that AI will definitely change the world and society, so we should grab the opportunities,” Wu said.
In his state visit to China, French President Emmanuel Macron stressed the importance of boosting cooperation between France and China in the field of artificial intelligence.
Speaking at the conclusion of a Sino-French forum on artificial intelligence in Beijing on Jan 9, Macron presided over the signing of various cooperation agreements on technology and trade.
Macron said China had a great advantage in the AI sector given its enormous domestic market.
While talking with Macron, Xi called for integrating the development strategies of China and France, strengthening innovative cooperation and achieving common development in the areas of digital economy and artificial intelligence.
Fei-Fei Li, chief scientist of artificial intelligence and machine learning at Google Cloud, announced in December that Google would launch a new AI research center in Beijing as part of its AI First strategy.
China is “a rising country of AI work and research”, she said. The Google AI China Center, the first of its kind in Asia, will primarily focus on basic AI research.
China’s AI industry has been developing rapidly in recent years. The number of AI companies increased from 57 in 2007 to 592 by June last year — more than tenfold over the past 10 years, according to a report released by Tencent Research Institute.
In December, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology unveiled a three-year plan to boost the application of AI in the automobile, robotics, healthcare and other sectors to upgrade the country’s real economy.
These two books about artificial intelligence appear on President Xi Jinping’s bookshelf.