Sarah Dai

Sarah Dai, based in Beijing, covers technology and capital flows in the world of start-ups in Greater China. Previously, she worked as financial correspondent for Caixin Media in Hong Kong for over two years and wrote for China Daily in Beijing and London.
Sarah Dai
Sarah Dai, based in Beijing, covers technology and capital flows in the world of start-ups in Greater China. Previously, she worked as financial correspondent for Caixin Media in Hong Kong for over two years and wrote for China Daily in Beijing and London.

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President Xi’s dream city of Xiongan pushes ahead with smart city infrastructure aimed at covering all areas

Smart city brain project aimed at enhancing infrastructure with technologies including satellite information services, sensors, a 5G network and big data facilities

16 Sep 2019 - 5:32PM

Smart city brain project aimed at enhancing infrastructure with technologies including satellite information services, sensors, a 5G network and big data facilities

President Xi’s dream city of Xiongan pushes ahead with smart city infrastructure aimed at covering all areas
China’s Professor X says we are at the tipping point for mass roll-out of self-driving cars after tech advances

AutoX founder says it is an exciting time to be alive - finally we are ready to build a machine that can drive cars.

11 Sep 2019 - 6:00AM

AutoX founder says it is an exciting time to be alive - finally we are ready to build a machine that can drive cars.

China’s Professor X says we are at the tipping point for mass roll-out of self-driving cars after tech advances
Rhetoric aside, what do China’s semiconductor insiders really think about the nation’s self-reliance drive?

China has to strike a balance between the heavy investment that the industry requires and the returns that such spending may, or may not, yield.

5 Sep 2019 - 9:31AM

China has to strike a balance between the heavy investment that the industry requires and the returns that such spending may, or may not, yield.

Rhetoric aside, what do China’s semiconductor insiders really think about the nation’s self-reliance drive?
US, China must restart talks to end trade war, ensuring global semiconductor supply chains remain intact

Senior industry executives call on governments around the world to resist decoupling supply chains and disentangling economic cooperation.

4 Sep 2019 - 6:06AM

Senior industry executives call on governments around the world to resist decoupling supply chains and disentangling economic cooperation.

US, China must restart talks to end trade war, ensuring global semiconductor supply chains remain intact
Shanghai seizes chance to showcase future mobility with robo-taxi trials

Home to auto factories by General Motors and Tesla, Shanghai seizes opportunities to showcase the future of mobility by granting trials by Didi Chuxing and AutoX

2 Sep 2019 - 9:16AM

Home to auto factories by General Motors and Tesla, Shanghai seizes opportunities to showcase the future of mobility by granting trials by Didi Chuxing and AutoX

Shanghai seizes chance to showcase future mobility with robo-taxi trials
Microsoft says its AI mahjong bot has surpassed top human players

The Microsoft mahjong bot is the latest in a long line of supercomputer game-playing programs dating back to IBM Deep Blue’s defeat of Russian world chess champion Gary Kasparov in 1997

30 Aug 2019 - 11:45AM

The Microsoft mahjong bot is the latest in a long line of supercomputer game-playing programs dating back to IBM Deep Blue’s defeat of Russian world chess champion Gary Kasparov in 1997

Microsoft says its AI mahjong bot has surpassed top human players
China adds Huawei, Hikvision to expanded ‘national team’ spearheading country’s AI efforts

The latest batch of 10 new national AI champions include Xiaomi, JD.com, Qihoo 360, Megvii and Yitu.

30 Aug 2019 - 11:07AM

The latest batch of 10 new national AI champions include Xiaomi, JD.com, Qihoo 360, Megvii and Yitu.

China adds Huawei, Hikvision to expanded ‘national team’ spearheading country’s AI efforts
AI face-off: Alibaba’s Jack Ma sees new human chapter while Tesla’s Elon Musk frets about machine control

Ma is mainly an AI optimist, seeing it as an inevitable agent of change in a digital world whereas Musk has sounded several warnings on the topic.

30 Aug 2019 - 3:57PM

Ma is mainly an AI optimist, seeing it as an inevitable agent of change in a digital world whereas Musk has sounded several warnings on the topic.

AI face-off: Alibaba’s Jack Ma sees new human chapter while Tesla’s Elon Musk frets about machine control
China facial recognition unicorn Megvii pledges to guard against weaponisation of AI on road to IPO

Megvii’s pledge comes as the ethics debate over AI widens with the technology moving into more areas of human existence.

26 Aug 2019 - 10:45PM

Megvii’s pledge comes as the ethics debate over AI widens with the technology moving into more areas of human existence.

China facial recognition unicorn Megvii pledges to guard against weaponisation of AI on road to IPO
Toyota, Pony.ai team up to build driverless fleet in China

The autonomous driving sector has drawn billions of dollars of investment over the past few years and is becoming one of the key sectors in AI, an industry where countries including China and the US are competing for global leadership.

26 Aug 2019 - 10:12PM

The autonomous driving sector has drawn billions of dollars of investment over the past few years and is becoming one of the key sectors in AI, an industry where countries including China and the US are competing for global leadership.

Toyota, Pony.ai team up to build driverless fleet in China
First day at university in China now means a face scan to enrol

At Tsinghua University in Beijing, more than 3,800 new undergraduate students were processed using face-scanning machines.

22 Aug 2019 - 11:46AM

At Tsinghua University in Beijing, more than 3,800 new undergraduate students were processed using face-scanning machines.

First day at university in China now means a face scan to enrol
Baidu chief Robin Li calls for bold moves to ‘get back on top’ as it readies for AI future, fends off ByteDance in search

Li’s latest call to action comes hot on the heels of a similar message to staff in May when Baidu posted its first loss since going public in 2005.

21 Aug 2019 - 9:10AM

Li’s latest call to action comes hot on the heels of a similar message to staff in May when Baidu posted its first loss since going public in 2005.

Baidu chief Robin Li calls for bold moves to ‘get back on top’ as it readies for AI future, fends off ByteDance in search
Facebook, Twitter may face backlash over removal of China accounts related to Hong Kong protests

Facebook says accounts related to the Hong Kong protests were blocked because they were associated with China government, rather than over the content they posted.

21 Aug 2019 - 5:35AM

Facebook says accounts related to the Hong Kong protests were blocked because they were associated with China government, rather than over the content they posted.

Facebook, Twitter may face backlash over removal of China accounts related to Hong Kong protests
Baidu expands cloud services in Singapore to catch up with rivals Alibaba, Tencent

Online search giant aims to support expansion initiatives of Chinese companies in Southeast Asia.

19 Aug 2019 - 10:58PM

Online search giant aims to support expansion initiatives of Chinese companies in Southeast Asia.

Baidu expands cloud services in Singapore to catch up with rivals Alibaba, Tencent
Why China needs to accelerate industrial internet efforts amid economic slowdown, trade tensions

Emerging business models require companies to embrace a range of hi-tech advances, including AI, 5G, cloud computing and IoT.

19 Aug 2019 - 7:05AM

Emerging business models require companies to embrace a range of hi-tech advances, including AI, 5G, cloud computing and IoT.

Why China needs to accelerate industrial internet efforts amid economic slowdown, trade tensions
Baidu falls further behind among China’s biggest tech firms as Meituan, NetEase overtake in market value

The reshuffle in market cap ranking of China’s biggest tech giants reflects the value that investors are placing on companies that have diversified into platform companies that provide different services and products to consumers under one roof

15 Aug 2019 - 10:40PM

The reshuffle in market cap ranking of China’s biggest tech giants reflects the value that investors are placing on companies that have diversified into platform companies that provide different services and products to consumers under one roof

Baidu falls further behind among China’s biggest tech firms as Meituan, NetEase overtake in market value
Chinese self-driving start-up WeRide forms robotaxi venture as country strives to catch US peers

To date Guangzhou-based WeRide has focused on research and development of Level 4 autonomous driving technologies, betting on China’s push for a driverless future

13 Aug 2019 - 6:00AM

To date Guangzhou-based WeRide has focused on research and development of Level 4 autonomous driving technologies, betting on China’s push for a driverless future

Chinese self-driving start-up WeRide forms robotaxi venture as country strives to catch US peers
Didi sets up independent autonomous driving unit as it follows Google’s example, betting on driverless future

Didi says the move is intended to bring more flexibility to operations and employees amid a race to develop and master technologies essential to future mobility.

6 Aug 2019 - 7:00AM

Didi says the move is intended to bring more flexibility to operations and employees amid a race to develop and master technologies essential to future mobility.

Didi sets up independent autonomous driving unit as it follows Google’s example, betting on driverless future
Elon Musk to take Boring to China as he doubles down on country’s drive towards advanced infrastructure

Musk says he will announce plans to launch a China unit of Boring during his attendance at this month’s World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai.

5 Aug 2019 - 11:03PM

Musk says he will announce plans to launch a China unit of Boring during his attendance at this month’s World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai.

Elon Musk to take Boring to China as he doubles down on country’s drive towards advanced infrastructure
China’s facial recognition mania now extends to public housing and trash cans – so watch your step

Facial recognition has found its way onto trash cans as a means of preventing the incorrect dumping of waste.

2 Aug 2019 - 7:00AM

Facial recognition has found its way onto trash cans as a means of preventing the incorrect dumping of waste.

China’s facial recognition mania now extends to public housing and trash cans – so watch your step
Chinese researchers develop hybrid chip design that holds promise for ‘thinking machines’

Efforts are now underway to incubate start-ups that would focus on developing applications based on the Chinese researchers’ work on the Tianjic chip design.

2 Aug 2019 - 6:00AM

Efforts are now underway to incubate start-ups that would focus on developing applications based on the Chinese researchers’ work on the Tianjic chip design.

Chinese researchers develop hybrid chip design that holds promise for ‘thinking machines’
Can ex-Huawei executive help ByteDance crack the tough smartphone market?

A self-developed smartphone would offer a strong foothold for ByteDance’s fast-expanding universe of internet service offerings, say analysts.

31 Jul 2019 - 6:10AM

A self-developed smartphone would offer a strong foothold for ByteDance’s fast-expanding universe of internet service offerings, say analysts.

Can ex-Huawei executive help ByteDance crack the tough smartphone market?
Online food orders surge for delivery giants like Meituan as China endures heatwave

Meituan Dianping, the country’s largest online food delivery platform, saw daily orders surpass 30 million for the first time over the weekend

30 Jul 2019 - 5:52AM

Meituan Dianping, the country’s largest online food delivery platform, saw daily orders surpass 30 million for the first time over the weekend

Online food orders surge for delivery giants like Meituan as China endures heatwave
Cryptocurrency entrepreneur Justin Sun ran a hook-up app before his US$4.6 million Warren Buffett lunch bid

Peiwo, which has been criticised for vulgar and pornographic content, was recently taken down from app stores in China.

27 Jul 2019 - 10:39PM

Peiwo, which has been criticised for vulgar and pornographic content, was recently taken down from app stores in China.

Cryptocurrency entrepreneur Justin Sun ran a hook-up app before his US$4.6 million Warren Buffett lunch bid
China completes second round of US$29 billion Big Fund aimed at investing in domestic chip industry

The Big Fund is aimed at leading national efforts to catch up in the global semiconductor industry by backing chip start-ups and semiconductor research and development.

26 Jul 2019 - 10:53PM

The Big Fund is aimed at leading national efforts to catch up in the global semiconductor industry by backing chip start-ups and semiconductor research and development.

China completes second round of US$29 billion Big Fund aimed at investing in domestic chip industry
Toyota invests US$600m in Didi Chuxing, sets up new mobility joint venture in China

The collaboration will allow Toyota and Didi to fully implement a range of services they have been developing in the country.

25 Jul 2019 - 10:11PM

The collaboration will allow Toyota and Didi to fully implement a range of services they have been developing in the country.

Toyota invests US$600m in Didi Chuxing, sets up new mobility joint venture in China
Doctors in Singapore now have a smart assistant backed with AI technology from China’s Ping An

Ping An’s moves comes as AI technologies receive wider global acceptance as a trustworthy method of improving health care services.

24 Jul 2019 - 4:08PM

Ping An’s moves comes as AI technologies receive wider global acceptance as a trustworthy method of improving health care services.

Doctors in Singapore now have a smart assistant backed with AI technology from China’s Ping An
Huawei offers US$300,000 salaries to top tech talent in bid to stay ahead

Recruitment drive aims to bolster Huawei’s army of researchers, as over 600 jobs are to be cut at US subsidiary following Washington’s decision to put it on trade blacklist.

24 Jul 2019 - 10:34AM

Recruitment drive aims to bolster Huawei’s army of researchers, as over 600 jobs are to be cut at US subsidiary following Washington’s decision to put it on trade blacklist.

Huawei offers US$300,000 salaries to top tech talent in bid to stay ahead
China’s ByteDance to store data locally in India after rising privacy concerns

ByteDance’s TikTok short-video app has taken the world by storm. It has also riled authorities in India, which have asked the company to explain how it collects user data

23 Jul 2019 - 2:06PM

ByteDance’s TikTok short-video app has taken the world by storm. It has also riled authorities in India, which have asked the company to explain how it collects user data

China’s ByteDance to store data locally in India after rising privacy concerns
Chinese surveillance giant Hikvision stockpiles crucial parts to guard against potential US ban

Hikvision, China’s top surveillance gear maker, is not taking any chances as it stockpiles crucial parts and looks at alternative suppliers to guard against a potential US ban

8 Aug 2019 - 10:23AM

Hikvision, China’s top surveillance gear maker, is not taking any chances as it stockpiles crucial parts and looks at alternative suppliers to guard against a potential US ban

Chinese surveillance giant Hikvision stockpiles crucial parts to guard against potential US ban