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    1. China’s Mobvoi steps up artificial intelligence efforts

      China’s Mobvoi steps up artificial intelligence efforts

      China’s Mobvoi steps up artificial intelligence efforts Google-backed startup launches chatbot that can connect with voice-activated smart home devices 8:26pm 8:26pm Print Email Mobvoi, the Chinese artificial intelligence startup backed by Google and Volkswagen, launched a chatbot on Tuesday that can connect with voice-activated smart home devices, as the company ramps up its efforts to turn from a niche player to being the future Amazon Alexa or Google Home in China.

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      Mentions: Beijing Amazon China
    2. Artificial intelligence is learning how to be sexist and racist from us, study reveals

      Artificial intelligence is learning how to be sexist and racist from us, study reveals

      An artificial intelligence tool that has revolutionised the ability of computers to interpret everyday language has been shown to exhibit striking gender and racial biases. The findings raise the spectre of existing social inequalities and prejudices being reinforced in new and unpredictable ways as an increasing number of decisions affecting our everyday lives are ceded to automatons.

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    3. VW expands China presence by inking artificial intelligence joint venture with Beijing’s Mobvoi

      VW expands China presence by inking artificial intelligence joint venture with Beijing’s Mobvoi

      Volkswagen has invested US$180 million in a Chinese artificial intelligence start-up, as the German company bets big on so-called “smart mobility solutions” for its next generation of cars. The latest investment pushes total funding secured by Beijing-based Mobvoi to US$250 million with other investors including Google, Sequoia and Zhenfund.

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    4. AI bot and humans in Texas Hold‘Em showdown in Hainan

      AI bot and humans in Texas Hold‘Em showdown in Hainan

      Artificial intelligence is poised to take on humans in the game of Texas Hold’Em poker, after having aced people in the games of chess and go , as technology companies race to set the next milestone in the epic contest between machines and humanity. A computer programme called Libratus, developed by the Carnegie Mellon University, will challenge a six-strong team of China’s top poker players in 36,000 hands of the game over five days in Hainan.

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    5. China’s artificial intelligence sector in danger of becoming a ‘bubble’, experts warn

      China’s artificial intelligence sector in danger of becoming a ‘bubble’, experts warn

      China’s artificial intelligence sector in danger of becoming a ‘bubble’, experts warn 4:30pm 4:30pm Beijing should let foreign firms list, says Kazakhstan metals firm 24 Mar 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI) is on the verge of becoming a ‘bubble’ in China as a large influx of money and talent heat the market, analysts and experts warn. “For the job market in China’s AI sector, I see a bubble already exists now.

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    6. Technology and travel hoisting Thailand’s sharing economy

      Technology and travel hoisting Thailand’s sharing economy

      The pace of innovation across every industry and every company, both in Thailand and globally, is astounding — from natural language processing and data sciences to artificial intelligence and virtual reality. How exactly these megatrends are going to affect the tourism industry, especially hoteliers, remains to be seen, but we do know that tomorrow will look very different from today. The world is a lot flatter as a result of consumers’ undying thirst for adventure.

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    7. AI programmes take on human translators in South Korea

      AI programmes take on human translators in South Korea

      By Yoon Sung-won Artificial intelligence (AI)-based programmes and human professionals will engage in a translation battle in Seoul, according to Sejong Cyber University and the International Interpretation & Translation Association (IITA), Tuesday. In the competition, a professional translator will face a showdown with Google Translate and Naver Papago, the two most popular commercialised AI-based translation services that support English and Korean.

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    8. Two forces of change that threaten Hong Kong jobs

      Two forces of change that threaten Hong Kong jobs

      Future tech Two forces of change that threaten Hong Kong jobs Janet Pau identifies global trends that should worry those steering the Hong Kong economy: a reversal of globalisation, in favour of protectionism, and technological advancements that are making traditional jobs obsolete 5:14pm 8:53pm China sets up 100 billion yuan state fund to invest in the internet 22 Jan 2017 Two forces of change will define 2017, to which Hong Kong is not immune.

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      Mentions: Hong Kong India China
    9. An artifical intelligence named Jarvis is now helping run Mark Zuckerberg’s household

      An artifical intelligence named Jarvis is now helping run Mark Zuckerberg’s household

      Mark Zuckerberg’s artificial intelligence-imbued software “butler” - named Jarvis - is now in service, and even plays with his family, the Facebook chief said Monday. Zuckerberg took on the personal project this year, devoting about 100 hours to making a system inspired by the Iron Man film character Jarvis as a virtual assistant to help manage his household. “In some ways, this challenge was easier than I expected,” Zuckerberg said in a post on his page at the leading social network.

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      Mentions: Mark Zuckerberg
    10. Google, Naver in all-out war for accurate translation service in South Korea

      Google, Naver in all-out war for accurate translation service in South Korea

      By Lee Min-hyung With artificial intelligence (AI) taking the technology world by storm, global IT firms are identifying intelligent translation services as their next key growth area. The paradigm shift in translation comes as conventional statistical machine translation (SMT) has so far failed to generate satisfactory outcomes, due to its heavy reliance on computerised statistics which have not been able to translate languages in a more human-like, natural way.

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    11. Singapore start-up creates virtual assistant to schedule meetings

      Singapore start-up creates virtual assistant to schedule meetings

      Singapore start-up creates virtual assistant to schedule meetings PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 December, 2016, 12:17pm UPDATED : Monday, 12 December, 2016, 12:17pm Print Email Singapore start-up Mimetic.ai has created an artificially intelligent personal assistant which automatically helps users schedule meetings. The virtual assistant, named Evie, is essentially a bot with its own email address.

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