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China Creates National Lab to Lead World in Brain-Like Artificial Intelligence



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.

“China has a fairly deep awareness of what’s happening in the English-speaking world, but the opposite is not true,” says Ng. He points out that Baidu has rolled out neural network-based machine translation and achieved speech recognition accuracy that surpassed humans—but when Google and Microsoft, respectively, did so, the American companies got a lot more publicity. “The velocity of work is much faster in China than in most of Silicon Valley,” says Ng

Approved by the National Development and Reform Commission in January, the lab, based in China University of Science and Technology (USTC), aims to develop a brain-like computing paradigm and applications.
The university, known for its leading role in developing quantum communication technology, hosts the national lab in collaboration with a number of the country's top research bodies such as Fudan University, Shenyang Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences as well as Baidu, operator of China's biggest online search engine.

Wan Lijun, president of USTC and chairman of the national lab, said the ability to mimic the human brain's ability in sorting out information will help build a complete AI technology development paradigm. The lab will carry out research to guide machine learning such as recognizing messages and using visual neural networks to solve problems. It will also focus on developing new applications with technological achievements.

The Daily Galaxy via Global Times  and The Atlantic

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USA should be leading in research on Quantum Communication (not China).

frankly speaking , its not that china is doing so well , its that sunnyvalle is doing so poorly. the best minds in san fransisco are all working in banking and politicaly correct govermental industral destruction of america ... no money is spent on building anything new , but goverment can not spend the tax money fast enough . the cost of rental property is the only limit to how much the taxes the socialists will suck from all the start ups , garage innovators , and inventors . they will do anything to stop these future money making industralists.... they hate bill gates and apple computer , and not to be repeated , will crush every house hold with taxes , so as to keep such things from happening again...they will drain the blood of every burger king employee,,,until every illgal alein skin as white as a sheet of paper . how can the goverment regulate our lives with out more money , and killing every developing industry in america is where they are starting .... the only good news is... the chinese are only useing the technology the clintons sold them , so we should be twenty years ahead of them , even so.

The Chinese will get AI right...and have the historical inclination to realise the only proper communist government that does not devolve into dictatorship will be run by AI. They will be the first to cede control to their Minds. The other countries of the world will note the resulting Age of Enlightenment and the inevitable adoption of one world government will begin. Long live the Culture...

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