Chinese artificial intelligence hopes still rely on America
Engineer Kuang Kaiming was assigned to a team developing artificial intelligence (AI) technology for a Shanghai start-up. The company went with two leading open-source software libraries, Google’s TensorFlow and Facebook’s Pytorch. The decision to adopt US core technology over Chinese alternatives was telling of China’s weakness in basic AI infrastructure.  Despite the country’s success in producing commercially successful AI companies, the open-source coding repositories used to build the technology tend to be American.  Kuang’s company, whose AI product detects abnormalities in X-rays, is by no means alone.  Nearly all small- to medium-sized Chinese AI companies rely on the US-originated o
Google isn’t backing down on censored search for China
Google CEO Sundar Pichai isn’t buckling under political and social pressure to scrap its plans for China. Speaking publicly for the first time about Project Dragonfly, a censored search engine for the world’s biggest internet market by users, Pichai said the service had been tested and that it was capable of serving 99% of search queries. “We wanted to learn what it would look like if Google were in China,” Pichai said at an event hosted by Wired magazine in San Francisco, according to Abacus. “It’s very early, we don’t know whether we would or could do this in China but we felt like it was important for us to explore. I think it’s important for us given how important the market is and how m