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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China’s record Singles’ Day offers glimpse of future shopping trends as buyers embrace live streaming

More than half of the merchants taking part in this year’s shopping festival gained growth from live streaming

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More than half of the merchants taking part in this year’s shopping festival gained growth from live streaming

China’s record Singles’ Day offers glimpse of future shopping trends as buyers embrace live streaming
Chinese scholars use AI to screen newborns for genetic disorders via facial scan

The new assistive diagnosis tool was designed to detect more than 100 disorders with distinctive facial features, including Cornelia de Lange syndrome and Down syndrome.

12 Nov 2019 - 7:00AM

The new assistive diagnosis tool was designed to detect more than 100 disorders with distinctive facial features, including Cornelia de Lange syndrome and Down syndrome.

Chinese scholars use AI to screen newborns for genetic disorders via facial scan
Dutch chip maker ASML denies reports delayed China order is due to US pressure, says it needs export licence

EUV machines are crucial in the memory and semiconductor manufacturing process.

8 Nov 2019 - 8:29PM

EUV machines are crucial in the memory and semiconductor manufacturing process.

Dutch chip maker ASML denies reports delayed China order is due to US pressure, says it needs export licence
Didi revises Hitch service operation time after backlash over different treatment of men and women

The Hitch carpool service, expected to resume later this month after a year-long halt, will now operate between 5am and 8pm for all users

8 Nov 2019 - 2:55PM

The Hitch carpool service, expected to resume later this month after a year-long halt, will now operate between 5am and 8pm for all users

Didi revises Hitch service operation time after backlash over different treatment of men and women
Baidu CEO Robin Li has ‘more confidence’ for next year after company reports better-than-expected third quarter results on growth in video, cloud services

CEO said the AI market is not growing as fast as expected so the company will have to continue investing while waiting for commercial markets to mature

7 Nov 2019 - 10:49PM

CEO said the AI market is not growing as fast as expected so the company will have to continue investing while waiting for commercial markets to mature

Baidu CEO Robin Li has ‘more confidence’ for next year after company reports better-than-expected third quarter results on growth in video, cloud services
Tesla challenger Nio, Intel’s Mobileye to bring autonomous vehicles to China, other major markets

Shanghai-based Nio will engineer and mass-produce a self-driving system, designed by Intel subsidiary Mobileye, that will enable so-called Level 4 category autonomous vehicle operation.

7 Nov 2019 - 6:30AM

Shanghai-based Nio will engineer and mass-produce a self-driving system, designed by Intel subsidiary Mobileye, that will enable so-called Level 4 category autonomous vehicle operation.

Tesla challenger Nio, Intel’s Mobileye to bring autonomous vehicles to China, other major markets
How AI and human rights have been dragged into the US-China tech war, threatening wider split

The US move to blacklist China AI champions threatens to cleave global technology into rival US and China camps.

7 Nov 2019 - 12:48AM

The US move to blacklist China AI champions threatens to cleave global technology into rival US and China camps.

How AI and human rights have been dragged into the US-China tech war, threatening wider split
Chinese ride hailing giant Didi to resume car-pooling service after year-long halt over safety concerns

The once controversial service will resume in seven major Chinese cities on a trial basis, starting from November 20

6 Nov 2019 - 10:13PM

The once controversial service will resume in seven major Chinese cities on a trial basis, starting from November 20

Chinese ride hailing giant Didi to resume car-pooling service after year-long halt over safety concerns
Chinese face recognition firm Megvii denies report it is mulling delay of Hong Kong IPO after US blacklisting

The IPO is expected to herald the debut of China’s AI start-ups on secondary markets at a time when the country’s AI ambitions are at the forefront of a trade war with the US

6 Nov 2019 - 1:07PM

The IPO is expected to herald the debut of China’s AI start-ups on secondary markets at a time when the country’s AI ambitions are at the forefront of a trade war with the US

Chinese face recognition firm Megvii denies report it is mulling delay of Hong Kong IPO after US blacklisting
Apple-bashing Chinese CEO’s mountain of debt lands him on official ‘deadbeat’ list

Smartisan founder Luo Yonghao is now barred from taking flights or high-speed train trips as well as any sort of lavish spending, such as staying in luxurious hotels or golf clubs.

5 Nov 2019 - 6:50AM

Smartisan founder Luo Yonghao is now barred from taking flights or high-speed train trips as well as any sort of lavish spending, such as staying in luxurious hotels or golf clubs.

Apple-bashing Chinese CEO’s mountain of debt lands him on official ‘deadbeat’ list
China’s surveillance industry plays down US blacklist at annual expo designed to showcase its technology

The expo attracted buyers from over 150 countries and regions despite the cloud over the business from the imposition of sanctions that prevent the purchase of US technology.

31 Oct 2019 - 9:23PM

The expo attracted buyers from over 150 countries and regions despite the cloud over the business from the imposition of sanctions that prevent the purchase of US technology.

China’s surveillance industry plays down US blacklist at annual expo designed to showcase its technology
Hyundai and Chinese start-up Pony.ai join forces on driverless robotaxi service in California

BotRide will start operations on November 4 with an initial fleet of 10 autonomous sport utility vehicles, providing free rides in the city of Irvine through January.

26 Oct 2019 - 10:11AM

BotRide will start operations on November 4 with an initial fleet of 10 autonomous sport utility vehicles, providing free rides in the city of Irvine through January.

Hyundai and Chinese start-up Pony.ai join forces on driverless robotaxi service in California
AI’s ability to translate into real economic growth needs a reality check warn Chinese scholars

Chinese scholars say there is still a long way before AI technologies can play a major role in driving the world’s second-largest economy.

24 Oct 2019 - 12:17PM

Chinese scholars say there is still a long way before AI technologies can play a major role in driving the world’s second-largest economy.

AI’s ability to translate into real economic growth needs a reality check warn Chinese scholars
Chinese surveillance giant Hikvision warns it may lose customers over US trade ban as quarterly profits surge

The Hangzhou-based company expects ‘uncertainties’ to persist in overseas markets after it was placed on US Entity List

21 Oct 2019 - 1:11PM

The Hangzhou-based company expects ‘uncertainties’ to persist in overseas markets after it was placed on US Entity List

Chinese surveillance giant Hikvision warns it may lose customers over US trade ban as quarterly profits surge
Megvii CEO says US ban will hit its supply of servers and could disturb IPO but it is ‘ready for the fight’

Megvii CEO says it has been preparing for possible supply shortages since May after signs that it could be next in Washington’s firing line after Huawei

14 Oct 2019 - 11:03PM

Megvii CEO says it has been preparing for possible supply shortages since May after signs that it could be next in Washington’s firing line after Huawei

Megvii CEO says US ban will hit its supply of servers and could disturb IPO but it is ‘ready for the fight’
Chinese tech champions denounce US blacklisting as foreign ministry says ‘stay tuned’ for retaliation

Analysts say the Chinese companies will now have to think about sourcing alternative tech in the same way that Huawei has done.

9 Oct 2019 - 12:05AM

Analysts say the Chinese companies will now have to think about sourcing alternative tech in the same way that Huawei has done.

Chinese tech champions denounce US blacklisting as foreign ministry says ‘stay tuned’ for retaliation
Remote control technology could be the key to moving autonomous driving forward, WeRide CEO says

WeRide chief says its teleoperations technology, which enables self-driving vehicles to be remotely controlled if needed, can help the industry change gear.

8 Oct 2019 - 2:06PM

WeRide chief says its teleoperations technology, which enables self-driving vehicles to be remotely controlled if needed, can help the industry change gear.

Remote control technology could be the key to moving autonomous driving forward, WeRide CEO says
Baidu launches self-driving robotaxi service for general public in Hunan, China

Chinese cities have been competing with each other to get a head start in the futuristic mobility service.

27 Sep 2019 - 12:43PM

Chinese cities have been competing with each other to get a head start in the futuristic mobility service.

Baidu launches self-driving robotaxi service for general public in Hunan, China
China’s Tesla challenger Nio to cut more jobs, raise cash as losses mount

The moves show how China’s NEV makers are bracing for a downturn after the government scaled back its subsidy programme.

26 Sep 2019 - 8:13PM

The moves show how China’s NEV makers are bracing for a downturn after the government scaled back its subsidy programme.

China’s Tesla challenger Nio to cut more jobs, raise cash as losses mount
Explainer | What to know about the hi-tech features at Beijing’s new Daxing International Airport

Travellers can expect some of the most advanced technologies, including 5G, to help make their experience at the airport hassle-free.

26 Sep 2019 - 7:11AM

Travellers can expect some of the most advanced technologies, including 5G, to help make their experience at the airport hassle-free.

What to know about the hi-tech features at Beijing’s new Daxing International Airport
Alibaba unveils new AI chip aimed at speeding up e-commerce and cloud computing tasks

Alibaba says AI inference chip can reduce latency by half and power consumption by more than half

25 Sep 2019 - 10:55PM

Alibaba says AI inference chip can reduce latency by half and power consumption by more than half

Alibaba unveils new AI chip aimed at speeding up e-commerce and cloud computing tasks
Dongfeng partners with Tencent and China Mobile to map out internet of cars services as 5G era beckons

Collaborative research by Dongfeng and Tencent is expected to enhance safety and the in-car digital experience.

24 Sep 2019 - 1:32PM

Collaborative research by Dongfeng and Tencent is expected to enhance safety and the in-car digital experience.

Dongfeng partners with Tencent and China Mobile to map out internet of cars services as 5G era beckons
Reducing contagion - Ping An’s AI team in China can now predict flu outbreaks with 90 per cent accuracy

Ping An is helping health care authorities in the mainland cities of Chongqing and Shenzhen to predict flu outbreaks.

22 Sep 2019 - 11:19PM

Ping An is helping health care authorities in the mainland cities of Chongqing and Shenzhen to predict flu outbreaks.

Reducing contagion - Ping An’s AI team in China can now predict flu outbreaks with 90 per cent accuracy
Lagging in semiconductors, China sees a chance to overtake the US with AI chips as 5G ushers in new era

Some in China see custom AI chips, which can offer superior performance to conventional integrated circuits even when manufactured using older processes, as helping the country loosen its dependence on the US in core technology.

19 Sep 2019 - 3:02AM

Some in China see custom AI chips, which can offer superior performance to conventional integrated circuits even when manufactured using older processes, as helping the country loosen its dependence on the US in core technology.

Lagging in semiconductors, China sees a chance to overtake the US with AI chips as 5G ushers in new era
How AI-backed virtual reality experience is helping drug addicts stay clean

Beijing start-up develops AI algorithm to determine how prone the VR participant is to drug use by tracking their pulse, brainwaves and electrical conductance of the skin

19 Sep 2019 - 9:13AM

Beijing start-up develops AI algorithm to determine how prone the VR participant is to drug use by tracking their pulse, brainwaves and electrical conductance of the skin

How AI-backed virtual reality experience is helping drug addicts stay clean
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