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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Chinese university uses AI to check class attendance rates and find the reasons behind absenteeism

Educational innovation comes amid efforts by the world’s second-largest economy to roll out AI into all walks of life.

18 Mar 2019 - 11:09PM
Chinese university uses AI to check class attendance rates and find the reasons behind absenteeism

Educational innovation comes amid efforts by the world’s second-largest economy to roll out AI into all walks of life.

Baidu to speed up promotion of younger talent as 53-year-old president Zhang Yaqin opts for retirement

Zhang Yaqin, president of new business at Baidu, becomes first executive at search engine giant to opt for retirement

15 Mar 2019 - 10:29PM
Baidu to speed up promotion of younger talent as 53-year-old president Zhang Yaqin opts for retirement

Zhang Yaqin, president of new business at Baidu, becomes first executive at search engine giant to opt for retirement

China’s AI research quickly catching up to US in this new metric: number of citations

Database of 2 million papers show that the US share of citations in the top 10 per cent of AI papers has declined to 29 per cent while China has reached 26 per cent

14 Mar 2019 - 10:42PM
China’s AI research quickly catching up to US in this new metric: number of citations

Database of 2 million papers show that the US share of citations in the top 10 per cent of AI papers has declined to 29 per cent while China has reached 26 per cent

Baidu chief shrugs off renewed competition in search in China, saying the technology requirements are huge

Robin Li’s remarks come after news aggregation app Jinri Toutiao became the latest to join the search fray.

13 Mar 2019 - 10:54PM
Baidu chief shrugs off renewed competition in search in China, saying the technology requirements are huge

Robin Li’s remarks come after news aggregation app Jinri Toutiao became the latest to join the search fray.

Are Chinese electric car start-ups doomed after Tesla’s big price cuts?

China sees connected EVs as an opportunity to reduce foreign oil imports and gain parity in car production with established powerhouses such as Germany, the US and Japan.

13 Mar 2019 - 9:05AM
Are Chinese electric car start-ups doomed after Tesla’s big price cuts?

China sees connected EVs as an opportunity to reduce foreign oil imports and gain parity in car production with established powerhouses such as Germany, the US and Japan.

Baidu, Chery launch electric car with face-scanning payment, AR navigation features

A new smart version of Chery’s Exeed TX electric sports utility vehicle will run Baidu’s AI platform, DuerOS.

12 Mar 2019 - 6:01AM
Baidu, Chery launch electric car with face-scanning payment, AR navigation features

A new smart version of Chery’s Exeed TX electric sports utility vehicle will run Baidu’s AI platform, DuerOS.

China’s gig economy attracting more women as they seek financial independence amid slowing economy

Study of women in the workplace found that China’s gig economy is attracting more female workers looking for a bigger pay cheque to cover personal and family costs

8 Mar 2019 - 9:49PM
China’s gig economy attracting more women as they seek financial independence amid slowing economy

Study of women in the workplace found that China’s gig economy is attracting more female workers looking for a bigger pay cheque to cover personal and family costs

Xpeng CEO He Xiaopeng finds lessons in ping pong challenge for his upcoming battle with Tesla

Post reporter challenged Xpeng Motors’ He Xiaopeng to a game of ping pong – and learned much about the Tesla challenger in the process.

7 Mar 2019 - 2:45PM
Xpeng CEO He Xiaopeng finds lessons in ping pong challenge for his upcoming battle with Tesla

Post reporter challenged Xpeng Motors’ He Xiaopeng to a game of ping pong – and learned much about the Tesla challenger in the process.

Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio scraps Shanghai factory plan after losses double to US$1.4 billion

Electric carmaker to focus on joint manufacturing business model over the long term, in line with the new government policy to raise passenger car output capacity.

6 Mar 2019 - 10:44PM
Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio scraps Shanghai factory plan after losses double to US$1.4 billion

Electric carmaker to focus on joint manufacturing business model over the long term, in line with the new government policy to raise passenger car output capacity.

Baidu’s Robin Li shrugs off impact of US-China trade war at ‘two sessions’ political gathering

Beijing has called for deeper integration between the real economy and advanced technologies, including the ‘internet of things’, big data and AI.

4 Mar 2019 - 4:54PM
Baidu’s Robin Li shrugs off impact of US-China trade war at ‘two sessions’ political gathering

Beijing has called for deeper integration between the real economy and advanced technologies, including the ‘internet of things’, big data and AI.

Ride hailing platforms under spotlight as China’s transport watchdog slams ‘one sided’ pursuit of traffic, subsidies to achieve growth

China’s transport regulator abandons hands-off approach after Didi passenger murders, blaming industry troubles on unsustainable business model

1 Mar 2019 - 6:04AM
Ride hailing platforms under spotlight as China’s transport watchdog slams ‘one sided’ pursuit of traffic, subsidies to achieve growth

China’s transport regulator abandons hands-off approach after Didi passenger murders, blaming industry troubles on unsustainable business model

Intel ends 5G partnership with Chinese government-linked chip maker Unisoc, citing ‘business’ reasons

Intel and Unisoc end 5G chip partnership amid simmering technology tensions between US and China in key areas such as semiconductors.

27 Feb 2019 - 3:06PM
Intel ends 5G partnership with Chinese government-linked chip maker Unisoc, citing ‘business’ reasons

Intel and Unisoc end 5G chip partnership amid simmering technology tensions between US and China in key areas such as semiconductors.

AI chip unicorn Horizon Robotics raises US$600m in funding as China seeks to reduce dependence on imported semiconductors

China is promoting the development of artificial intelligence chips with an eye on the increasing popularity of Internet of Things.

27 Feb 2019 - 1:31PM
AI chip unicorn Horizon Robotics raises US$600m in funding as China seeks to reduce dependence on imported semiconductors

China is promoting the development of artificial intelligence chips with an eye on the increasing popularity of Internet of Things.

Chinese police test gait-recognition technology from AI start-up Watrix that identifies people based on how they walk

Police in Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing have run trials of software that can identify a person from 50 metres away – even if they have their face covered or back to a camera.

27 Feb 2019 - 12:40PM
Chinese police test gait-recognition technology from AI start-up Watrix that identifies people based on how they walk

Police in Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing have run trials of software that can identify a person from 50 metres away – even if they have their face covered or back to a camera.

China steps up investment in AI chips with funding for Hangzhou Nationalchip

Chip maker’s financing comes as China is working to shake off its dependency on US$200 billion of annual chip imports

25 Feb 2019 - 10:52PM
China steps up investment in AI chips with funding for Hangzhou Nationalchip

Chip maker’s financing comes as China is working to shake off its dependency on US$200 billion of annual chip imports

Baidu under pressure to maintain pace of growth amid macro challenges and tough advertising market

Baidu’s margin slips amid challenging macro and ad market conditions

22 Feb 2019 - 11:37AM
Baidu under pressure to maintain pace of growth amid macro challenges and tough advertising market

Baidu’s margin slips amid challenging macro and ad market conditions

Tencent-backed WeDoctor said to consider listing a spin off on new China tech board
Baidu bucks the capital winter to play catch-up to Alibaba, Tencent in outside investments
Pony.ai and Baidu still lag the likes of Waymo in US tests but the gap is narrowing in autonomous driving

Annual disclosures offer an insight into how the industry’s leading players are progressing and how competition between the US and China is shaping up.

15 Feb 2019 - 10:38PM
Pony.ai and Baidu still lag the likes of Waymo in US tests but the gap is narrowing in autonomous driving

Annual disclosures offer an insight into how the industry’s leading players are progressing and how competition between the US and China is shaping up.

Chinese, US scholars jointly develop AI model to improve diagnosis of sick children

AI researchers from China and the US co-develop diagnosis tool for toddler patients

13 Feb 2019 - 7:03PM
Chinese, US scholars jointly develop AI model to improve diagnosis of sick children

AI researchers from China and the US co-develop diagnosis tool for toddler patients

Is Trump’s AI executive order a Sputnik moment for the US?

Competition between the US and China in AI is shaping up to be like a new ‘space race’.

13 Feb 2019 - 8:26AM
Is Trump’s AI executive order a Sputnik moment for the US?

Competition between the US and China in AI is shaping up to be like a new ‘space race’.

China is home to more than half of world’s top AI unicorns as battle for supremacy with US heats up

Chinese AI start-ups raised US$4.9 billion in 2017, nudging out their US counterparts which had US$4.4 billion in funding.

11 Feb 2019 - 10:14PM
China is home to more than half of world’s top AI unicorns as battle for supremacy with US heats up

Chinese AI start-ups raised US$4.9 billion in 2017, nudging out their US counterparts which had US$4.4 billion in funding.

Kick back with a nice Kindle? Some still prefer a good old paperback

In China, the world’s biggest smartphone market, there is still healthy demand for Amazon’s Kindle e-readers.

8 Feb 2019 - 5:41PM
Kick back with a nice Kindle? Some still prefer a good old paperback

In China, the world’s biggest smartphone market, there is still healthy demand for Amazon’s Kindle e-readers.

This Beijing hub is home to 10 major AI labs driving China’s tech ambitions

Zhongguancun has 9,000 hi-tech companies, including Chinese search engine and AI champion Baidu and social media giant Sina Corp.

8 Feb 2019 - 6:22AM
This Beijing hub is home to 10 major AI labs driving China’s tech ambitions

Zhongguancun has 9,000 hi-tech companies, including Chinese search engine and AI champion Baidu and social media giant Sina Corp.

Huawei helps Schubert tackle some unfinished business with AI composer
China’s ride-hailing leader Didi Chuxing seen overhauling its operations to enhance safety amid lay-off reports
Behind the rise of China’s smartphone brands lies growing unease over country’s tech gains

Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are helping change people’s perception about the quality of Chinese Android phones.

30 Jan 2019 - 3:37PM
Behind the rise of China’s smartphone brands lies growing unease over country’s tech gains

Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are helping change people’s perception about the quality of Chinese Android phones.

China’s work ethic stretches beyond ‘996’ as tech companies feel the impact of slowdown

The number of venture capital deals in China fell 25 per cent year on year to 713 in the fourth quarter of last year.

1 Feb 2019 - 1:39PM
China’s work ethic stretches beyond ‘996’ as tech companies feel the impact of slowdown

The number of venture capital deals in China fell 25 per cent year on year to 713 in the fourth quarter of last year.

Access to Microsoft’s Bing search engine restored in China
Microsoft’s Bing search engine down in China, sparking speculation it has been blocked by ‘Great Firewall’

As of December, Bing held a 2 per cent share of China’s search market compared with 70 per cent for Baidu.

24 Jan 2019 - 10:08PM
Microsoft’s Bing search engine down in China, sparking speculation it has been blocked by ‘Great Firewall’

As of December, Bing held a 2 per cent share of China’s search market compared with 70 per cent for Baidu.

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