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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 says VPN ads are banned in China
Google has confirmed that it bans the display of adverts for virtual private networks (VPN) in China – the very tools many Chinese people rely on to access Google’s own websites. VPNs allow internet users in mainland China to access overseas websites blocked by the so-called Great Firewall. Although the software is essential for Chinese internet users to use Google’s search engine, email and cloud services, VPN providers are blocked from promoting themselves through Google Ads in the country. This week, Google told one VPN company in an email that Google Ads could not let it advertise in China, according to a screenshot of the email provided to Inkstone by research site vpnMentor. “This is
Chinese web searchers can’t Bing It any more
In the States, “Bing It” is more likely to be a joke than an actual recommendation. Yet until recently, Microsoft’s Bing search engine had a small but enthusiastic following in China.  But in another setback for American tech companies trying to tap into the vast Chinese market, Bing – one of the few foreign sites allowed to operate in the country – appears to have become the latest victim of the Great Firewall. Microsoft confirmed on Thursday that Bing was offline in mainland China, following a wave of complaints from users that they had been unable to access the website. “We’ve confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps,” a Microsoft spo
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
Google’s China ambitions are questioned by staff, lawmakers
US lawmakers are not happy with Google cozying up to China. Google now faces questions from a bipartisan group of 16 US lawmakers into how it plans to protect users in China if Beijing allows it back into the country, according to Reuters. This has added to the pressure on Google to disclose what concessions it is making in order to work with the Chinese government. The lawmakers from the House of Representatives detailed their issues in a letter to Alphabet, Google’s parent company, on Thursday, saying that they had “serious concerns” about Google’s plan, questioning if it would “ensure that individual Chinese citizens or foreigners living in China, including Americans, will not be surveill
Google tests the waters in China with a drawing game
With most of its services blocked in China, Google is trying to find its way back in – and it’s treading lightly. The American tech giant on Wednesday launched its first app on the popular Chinese social media platform WeChat, a drawing game called Caihua Xiaoge – which roughly translates to “Pictionary with Google.” It is Google’s latest attempt to make inroads in China after the company was pretty much banished from the Chinese internet in 2010, when it stopped censoring search results. The move underscores the pull of the massive and growing Chinese market, and the predicament that Chinese censorship presents foreign companies. To quote John Oliver, China “is a gigantic and consequential