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In the Race for AI Supremacy, China and the U.S. are Travelling on Entirely Different Tracks

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A child visits the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, China.

Is China’s AI revolution losing momentum? Not at all.

Credit: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

Of the many events that stand out as noteworthy in online discussions across Chinese social media in 2023, it's perhaps the rise of ChatGPT that will prove to be the most significant.

Although the chatbot made by the US-based OpenAI was officially launched in late 2022, it took until 2023 for its unprecedented growth to raise eyebrows in China, where the government has set the goal of becoming the global AI leader by 2030.

Over the past decade, the focus on AI in Chinese society and digital culture has grown. Since the Covid-19 outbreak, AI implementations in schools, office buildings and factories have rolled out in fast forward.

AI facial recognition is employed in everything from public security to payment technology; smart glasses and helmets make it easier for many workers to perform their tasks; and intelligent robots have become a common sight in China's service industry, in malls, restaurants, and banks.

From The Guardian (U.K.)
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