China’s unmanned submarine vehicle Qianlong III could help to drive a subsea exploration programme and herald the arrival of an AI colony on the South China Sea bed. Photo: Weibo

Beijing plans an AI Atlantis for the South China Sea – without a human in sight

  • Urged by President Xi Jinping to dare to do something that has never been done before, scientists say challenges could give China huge technology lead
Topic |   South China Sea

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China’s unmanned submarine vehicle Qianlong III could help to drive a subsea exploration programme and herald the arrival of an AI colony on the South China Sea bed. Photo: Weibo
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.