Hi-tech Rev­o­lu­tion

The rise of China’s sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ment

ChinAfrica - - PROS AND CONS - By Ge Li­jun

the an­nouncer on the gi­ant screen greeted vis­i­tors to the Wuzhen In­ter­na­tional In­ter­net Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter with a cheery voice. “Good morn­ing ev­ery­one! I will be your news an­chor for to­day,” said the male voice. But this was no or­di­nary an­nouncer: his voice and ap­pear­ance have been en­tirely gen­er­ated by ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence tech­nol­ogy.

Such “vir­tual an­nouncer” was one of the high­lights of the Fifth Light of the In­ter­net Ex­hi­bi­tion dur­ing the an­nual World In­ter­net Con­fer­ence, held in Wuzhen Town­ship, in east China’s Zhe­jiang Prov­ince on Novem­ber 6-10. Ev­ery year dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion, 5G tech­nol­ogy, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, cloud com­put­ing, big data, smart med­i­cal care and other sci­en­tific buzz­words take a tan­gi­ble form and ma­te­ri­al­ize in a se­ries of in­no­va­tive prod­ucts.

Sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy are like a breath of fresh air blow­ing over Wuzhen, a thou­sand-year-old town­ship. Tourists from all over the world can ex­pe­ri­ence the con­ve­nience pro­vided by the most ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies, such as the 4G net­work cov­er­ing the en­tire town­ship and free pub­lic Wifi cov­er­age in key pub­lic places. Even se­niors who sell street food col­lect money with QR codes. Tech­nol­ogy is ev­ery­where.

Ac­cord­ing to China’s Am­bas­sador to Mex­ico Qiu Xiaoqi, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy have be­come the main pro­duc­tive forces in China, while in­no­va­tion has be­come a ma­jor driver of devel­op­ment. Over the years, China has gone from strength­en­ing its ca­pac­ity for in­de­pen­dent in­no­va­tion to build­ing it­self into an in­no­va­tive coun­try, he said.

This re­newed sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal ca­pac­ity has pro­gressed hand in hand with eco­nomic devel­op­ment, which has greatly con­trib­uted to the im­prove­ment of China’s over­all na­tional strength, Qiu said.

Im­pres­sive progress

“We should speed up the devel­op­ment of the dig­i­tal econ­omy and pro­mote the global In­ter­net gov­er­nance sys­tem to ad­vance in a just and more rea­son­able way, so as to in­ject new im­pe­tus to the world econ­omy,”

China’s high-speed trains be­tween Bei­jing and Shang­hai run at 350 km per hour

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