China’s Oppo investing more on R&D to tap 5G opportunities beyond phones

One of China’s biggest smartphone brands is boosting its R&D spending to 50 billion yuan (US$7.1 billion) in the next three years, to explore opportunities in 5G such as augmented reality glasses and smart displays.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:19PM
SoftBank opens institute in Tokyo to accelerate AI research

Masayoshi Son, chairman and chief executive at SoftBank, roped in Alibaba’s Jack Ma for a chat in Tokyo on the two tech billionaires’ vision for the future of AI.

Masayoshi Son, chairman and chief executive at SoftBank, roped in Alibaba’s Jack Ma for a chat in Tokyo on the two tech billionaires’ vision for the future of AI.

6 Dec 2019 - 6:21PM
SoftBank opens institute in Tokyo to accelerate AI research
China to overtake the US in global AI race in five to 10 years

China and the US are vying for dominance in AI technology, which is expected to transform multiple industries from finance to transport.

China and the US are vying for dominance in AI technology, which is expected to transform multiple industries from finance to transport.

6 Dec 2019 - 11:32PM
China to overtake the US in global AI race in five to 10 years
Emotion-sensing robot heads to International Space Station

CIMON 2, an intelligent robot equipped with emotion-sensing voice detectors, was launched on Thursday aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station. The spherical droid can recognise emotions, socialise with crew members and help mitigate group think.

CIMON 2, an intelligent robot equipped with emotion-sensing voice detectors, was launched on Thursday aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station. The spherical droid can recognise emotions, socialise with crew members and help mitigate group think.

6 Dec 2019 - 10:37AM
Emotion-sensing robot heads to International Space Station
The dilemma facing US-educated Chinese AI engineers

China’s goal of becoming a top player in AI may be hampered by the preference of its best students to do their higher education in the US and stay on for valuable work experience

China’s goal of becoming a top player in AI may be hampered by the preference of its best students to do their higher education in the US and stay on for valuable work experience

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The dilemma facing US-educated Chinese AI engineers
Could ‘mutant pigs’ help solve China’s pork crisis?

African swine fever has killed over 100 million pigs in China, sending pork prices and overall consumer inflation to record highs.

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China’s spending on AI may be far lower than people think

The Chinese government is probably not dramatically outspending the US government on AI research and development, a recent report by the Centre for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), a think tank of Washington-based Georgetown University, suggests.

The Chinese government is probably not dramatically outspending the US government on AI research and development, a recent report by the Centre for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), a think tank of Washington-based Georgetown University, suggests.

4 Dec 2019 - 9:07AM
China’s spending on AI may be far lower than people think
China’s PhD students miserable, yet hopeful

PhD students in China face outsize challenges in areas such as work-life balance, career prospects and emotional support, according to a survey by British scientific journal Nature.

PhD students in China face outsize challenges in areas such as work-life balance, career prospects and emotional support, according to a survey by British scientific journal Nature.

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China’s PhD students miserable, yet hopeful
This AI-based sensor will stop you leaving your kids and pets in the car

The wireless, disc-shaped sensor prevents vehicle doors from locking and sounds an alarm when it detects a child or pet has been left inside a vehicle.

The wireless, disc-shaped sensor prevents vehicle doors from locking and sounds an alarm when it detects a child or pet has been left inside a vehicle.

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This AI-based sensor will stop you leaving your kids and pets in the car
China narrows gap with US in scientific research activity amid trade war

Led by think tank the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the world’s largest research organisation, China leads the UK, Germany and France in national research initiatives.

Led by think tank the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the world’s largest research organisation, China leads the UK, Germany and France in national research initiatives.

27 Nov 2019 - 11:50PM
China narrows gap with US in scientific research activity amid trade war
AI might be coming for your job, if you’re a male white-collar worker

Men, over-represented in both analytical, technical and professional roles as well as production, work in occupations with much higher AI exposure, research from Washington-based Brookings Institution suggests.

Men, over-represented in both analytical, technical and professional roles as well as production, work in occupations with much higher AI exposure, research from Washington-based Brookings Institution suggests.

22 Nov 2019 - 10:20AM
AI might be coming for your job, if you’re a male white-collar worker
Japan’s NTT offers researchers million-dollar salaries to rival Google, Apple

NTT’s increased investment in basic science comes as it focuses on cloud computing services and data centres, which would enable it to compete with the likes of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.

NTT’s increased investment in basic science comes as it focuses on cloud computing services and data centres, which would enable it to compete with the likes of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.

20 Nov 2019 - 7:05PM
Japan’s NTT offers researchers million-dollar salaries to rival Google, Apple
China’s number of ‘highly cited’ researchers surges but still lags US

China now home to the second largest concentration of influential scientists and researchers, overtaking the UK but still far behind the US

China now home to the second largest concentration of influential scientists and researchers, overtaking the UK but still far behind the US

20 Nov 2019 - 11:12PM
China’s number of ‘highly cited’ researchers surges but still lags US
This AI can predict heart attack deaths better than humans

Algorithms developed by researchers in Pennsylvania calculate a patient’s survival rate within a year by analysing echocardiogram (ECG) results

Algorithms developed by researchers in Pennsylvania calculate a patient’s survival rate within a year by analysing echocardiogram (ECG) results

19 Nov 2019 - 6:30AM
This AI can predict heart attack deaths better than humans
This magnetic skin allows you to open doors with blink of the eye

Researchers are exploring wider applications of the magnetic skin, such as helping people with paralysis and nervous disorders.

Researchers are exploring wider applications of the magnetic skin, such as helping people with paralysis and nervous disorders.

14 Nov 2019 - 2:37PM
This magnetic skin allows you to open doors with blink of the eye
US and China remain as close collaborators on science research

The close collaborative relationship in scientific fields between China and the US comes amid an ongoing trade stand-off that has seen some institutions cut ties with Huawei

The close collaborative relationship in scientific fields between China and the US comes amid an ongoing trade stand-off that has seen some institutions cut ties with Huawei

14 Nov 2019 - 9:27AM
US and China remain as close collaborators on science research
These tiny robots are turning science fiction into medical reality

For decades, scientists have been fascinated by the miniature robot technology depicted in films. Now it is being used to treat cancerous growths in the bodies of mice.

For decades, scientists have been fascinated by the miniature robot technology depicted in films. Now it is being used to treat cancerous growths in the bodies of mice.

7 Nov 2019 - 12:20PM
These tiny robots are turning science fiction into medical reality
GitLab mulls suspension of new hires in China, Russia amid geopolitics

The decision to look at hiring, according to Eric Johnson, vice-president of engineering at GitLab, came after the ‘expressed concern of several enterprise customers’

The decision to look at hiring, according to Eric Johnson, vice-president of engineering at GitLab, came after the ‘expressed concern of several enterprise customers’

10 Dec 2019 - 10:58PM
GitLab mulls suspension of new hires in China, Russia amid geopolitics
How Hong Kong is giving a helping hand to China’s mighty tech ascent

Apart from its reputation as a global financial hub, Hong Kong has also become an unlikely incubator of tech talent, helping China make bridges with rest of the world.

Apart from its reputation as a global financial hub, Hong Kong has also become an unlikely incubator of tech talent, helping China make bridges with rest of the world.

4 Nov 2019 - 10:53PM
How Hong Kong is giving a helping hand to China’s mighty tech ascent
China must rein in state firms to gain upper hand in US tech war

One academic claims the US fears Huawei, the privately owned telecommunications giant, more than China’s Dongfeng ballistic missile.

One academic claims the US fears Huawei, the privately owned telecommunications giant, more than China’s Dongfeng ballistic missile.

24 Oct 2019 - 7:53PM
China must rein in state firms to gain upper hand in US tech war