The world’s fastest supercomputers reside in China, not America. And, while the majority of the planet’s most valuable tech brands still carry Uncle Sam’s imprint, Chinese rivals tread not far behind. Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, Xiaomi, and Huawei are just a few of the massive brands across the Pacific that rival the unicorns in Silicon Valley. In the emerging and culture-shifting field of artificial intelligence, we seem fixated on developments that occur only in our backyard. In fact, while US media continually lauds the achievements of IBM’s Watson and Google’s AlphaGo, we hardly ever hear of Xiaoi, a conversational AI...Read More
Author: Adelyn Zhou
China’s leading technology companies are on fire, heavily investing in artificial intelligence and building true global presences. McKinsey recently reported that academic and research institutions in the country publish more cited research papers than the US, UK, or any other global leader in AI, producing nearly 10,000 papers in 2015 alone. Backed by strong government mandates and billions of dollars of both private and public investments, China is challenging the US for position of global AI leader. Fearful of competition, the US government is considering placing restrictions on Chinese investments in AI and technology in the United States. In...Read More
Earlier this month, I had the honor of joining a delegation of Silicon Valley business leaders invited to speak at the International Big Data Expo, where Chinese tech luminaries Robin Li (Co-Founder of Baidu) and Jack Ma (Founder of Alibaba) keynoted. I visit China every year, but am stunned each time by the incredible year-on-year progress. I’ve literally seen rice paddies transformed into flourishing tech centers in a matter of months. China knows how to move fast – very fast – and the rest of the world can learn a lesson from the country’s rapid dominance in the fields...Read More
In the past few years, I’ve been invited to speak at popular conferences around the world on the topics of marketing, bots, and artificial intelligence. As CMO of TOPBOTS, a strategy and research firm for applied AI, I advise executive teams at Fortune 500 companies like L’Oreal, Paypal, and WPP on how to build successful businesses in our new world of automation and machine learning. Here are the steps I took to advance from an unknown expert to a recognized “thought leader” speaking several times a month to leading executives learning about emerging technologies. My dream is to one...Read More
Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Baidu spent at least $8.5 billion beefing up their AI talent. Amazon spends $228 million a year just to find people to run Alexa and related machine learning initiatives. Even small to medium businesses in every sector – from fast food chains and personal fitness centers – are reaping the business benefits of technologies like natural language processing, image recognition, and machine learning. Yet only a few outliers in the banking sector, such as Capital One, have been able to ship AI products as quickly as their counterparts in Silicon Valley. While many financial institutions...Read More
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