China brings AI to high school curriculum
Training talent a top priority in nation's push to dominate artificial intelligence
China was late to the last industrial revolution, but with the arrival of AI it is determined not to miss the next one.
Last year, the central government asked the country’s education policy makers to include AI courses in primary and secondary schools.
The nine-chapter book was penned by an all-star lineup, including the chairman of one of the world’s most valuable AI startups, SenseTime. The company is best known for providing China’s police with facial recognition-based surveillance software.
China is keen to produce more talent as it races to become a global AI leader. The Chinese government estimates that demand for AI professionals may surge to 5 million in the coming years. But a report from Tencent Research Institute says the US still leads China in both the quantity and quality of AI workers.