Beijing launches pilot zone for AI development

Source: ECNS

Robotic arms prepare dishes at a hot pot restaurant in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 5, 2018. (Xinhua/Chen Junqing)

Robotic arms prepare dishes at a hot pot restaurant in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 5, 2018. (Xinhua/Chen Junqing)

 

Beijing has launched a pilot zone to develop new-generation artificial intelligence (AI) technology, the municipal commission of science and technology announced on Wednesday.

The zone will focus on exploring an innovative system to develop the AI technology through coordinating efforts of the government, academia and the industry, aiming to develop Beijing into a major producer of AI-related theories, ideas, and talent, according to the commission.

The zone will also launch platforms for AI application, which will offer clues for authorities to deliberate AI-related policies and regulations that are conducive to the healthy development of the industry.

According to China’s plan for AI development issued in 2017, the AI industry will serve as a new major economic growth engine and help improve people’s lives by 2020.

The plan set the target of China becoming a major center for AI innovation and leading the world in AI technology and applications by 2030.

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