Shenzhen eyes AI prize

It is useless to resist: Shenzhen has released a five-year plan to develop the next generation of artificial intelligence. In the process, the 40-year-old city will position itself as a hub of innovation in AI and will establish 10 targeted industrial clusters with a total value of RMB30 billion by 2023.

According to local media, Shenzhen plans to develop an “all-rounded AI innovation system”. It will focus on six areas: frontline basic research, smart products, technology implementation, infrastructure, talent management, risk management, and legislation.

But this is not being done for selfish reasons. It is to “support the Greater Bay Area to become the center of technology innovation and the pilot of AI implementation”. Along the way, Shenzhen will build a Greater Bay Area AI Open Innovation platform and become a “smart city” by applying AI technology from industrial fields like manufacturing and business to “fields of everyday life” like healthcare, education, and merchandising.

The government will also strengthen its legislative foundations for the industry and build a robust regulatory system to “protect data safety and personal privacy”.

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