Will The Red Dragon Give Life To The Mind Of The Beast? China Inaugurates National Lab To Lead World In Artificial Brain Intelligence Development
China’s first national laboratory for brain-like artificial intelligence (AI) technology was inaugurated Saturday to pool the country’s top research talent and boost the technology. China’s rapid rise up the ranks of AI research has the world’s scientific community taking notice. In October, the Obama White House released a “strategic plan” for AI research, which noted that the U.S. no longer leads the world in journal articles on “deep learning,” a particularly hot subset of AI research right now. The country that had overtaken the U.S.? China, of course. “I have a hard time thinking of an industry we cannot transform with AI,” says Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Baidu. Ng previously cofounded Coursera and Google Brain, the company’s deep learning project. Now he directs Baidu’s AI research out of Sunnyvale, California, right in Silicon Valley.