AI plays key role in China new infrastructure push
Hana Hu, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei

In China's push to stimulate economic growth by undertaking new infrastructure projects, artifical intelligence (AI) plays the role of facilitating digital transformation and upgrades to smart operations for various industries.

The campaign includes AI, 5G, IoT, cloud computing, blockchain and other new technologies in IT infrastructure.

Development of AI applications is being promoted by virtue of open AI innovation platforms and experiment sites for AI innovations.

Local government policies focus on: hardware (such as ICs) R&D for AI infrastructure; technology development in terms of platform establishment and data processing; and establishment of experiment sites to test applications.

China is progressing well in development of AI applications, but still lags behind the US and others in Europe in basic research and development of AI technology, Digitimes Research noted. China has actively applied AI to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic, including monitoring of the spread of the virus, detection of body temperatures, and AI-based robots for cleaning factories.

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