Xi’s book­shelf il­lus­trates goal

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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.

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