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According to a State Council plan released in July 2017, China intends to lead the world in artificial intelligence (AI). China watchers and technology watchers alike have been asking why, how and whether China can make good on this promise. University of Oxford researcher Jeffrey Ding weighs in with a thorough, insightful report on China’s AI program – its strengths, weaknesses, context and prospects. getAbstract recommends Ding’s comprehensive account to those with an interest in China’s tech future or in the geopolitics of AI.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why China is prioritizing artificial intelligence (AI) development

  • What factors underpin a country’s success in AI development, and

  • Which factors favor – and which disadvantage – Chinese AI efforts.

 

About the Author

Jeffrey Ding, a researcher for the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, specializes in China’s approach to strategic technologies.

 

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In July 2017, the Chinese State Council published its “New Generation AI Development Plan,” outlining a strategy to make China the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI). By 2030 the government aims for a ¥1 trillion ($15 billion) output from the “core AI industry.” The plan phrases Chinese ambitions in terms of “setting the pace” in AI development. China seeks immense potential economic benefits in increased productivity and GDP from AI. It also sees a crucial role for AI in social stability and the provision of social services. Military applications could revolutionize warfare and allow China to threaten American military control over the Western Pacific.


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