Journals

Latest news and scientific research from China and Asia. 
  1. SoftBank Group Corp founder Masayoshi Son unveiled a US$184 million initiative on Friday to accelerate artificial intelligence (AI) research in Japan, enlisting Alibaba Group Holding’s Jack Ma to expound on his goal of commercialising the technology.The Japanese multinational conglomerate announced a partnership with the University of Tokyo that includes spending 20 billion yen (US$184 million) over 10 years by telecommunications arm SoftBank Corp to establish the Beyond AI Institute.Son,…
  2. The US is the undisputed leader in artificial intelligence (AI) development while China is the fastest-growing country set to overtake the US in five to 10 years on its current trajectory, according to The Global AI Index published this week by Tortoise Intelligence.The index, which ranks 54 countries based on their AI capabilities, measured seven key indicators over 12 months: talent, infrastructure, operating environment, research, development, government strategy and commercial ventures.The…
  3. An intelligent robot equipped with emotion-sensing voice detectors was headed to the International Space Station after launching from Florida on Thursday, becoming the latest artificial intelligence-powered astronaut workmate in orbit.The Crew Interactive Mobile Companion 2 (CIMON 2) is a spherical droid with microphones, cameras and a slew of software to enable emotion recognition.The droid was among 5,700 pounds (2,585kg) of supplies and experiments aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, whose…
  4. After working in the United States for more than a decade, Zheng Yefeng felt he had hit a glass ceiling. He also saw that the gap in artificial intelligence between China and the US was narrowing.Last year Zheng, who worked as a researcher at Siemens Healthcare in New Jersey, made a decision that addressed both problems. He accepted an offer to head up the medical research and development team at Tencent’s YouTu artificial intelligence lab in Shenzhen, known as China's Silicon Valley.“There was…
  5. Inside a fortresslike megafarm on the outskirts of Beijing, dozens of pink and black pigs forage and snooze, unfazed by the chilly spring air. These experimentally bred hogs are fortified with a gene for regulating heat, buffering them against northern China’s hypothermia-inducing winters.The gene that researcher Jianguo inserted into the pigs’ DNA is among dozens of examples of genetic engineering underway in China – and in rival laboratories across the world – to create super pigs. For years,…
  6. When China laid out plans to become the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030, the world took notice. While Beijing itself has never given a clear figure on the scope of its total AI investment, many assumed that the world’s second-largest economy would back its national AI plan with the necessary resources.In 2017, the year China published its “Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan”, the country accounted for 48 per cent of total equity funding for AI start…
  7. As China narrows the gap with the US in terms of scientific activity its PhD students are under an outsize amount of pressure compared to their peers, although many are optimistic about their job prospects, according to a survey by British scientific journal Nature.The journal’s fifth biennial doctoral student survey, which was translated into Chinese, attracted 690 responses from China – the highest number in the survey’s eight years, Nature said in a post on its website on Tuesday. From the…
  8. Stories of children left inside vehicles can be the stuff of nightmares.In June, a 4½-year-old kindergarten pupil in the southern Chinese island of Hainan died of heatstroke after he was left trapped inside a school bus. That followed another tragedy in April, when a four-year-old girl in the central Chinese province of Hunan died after being left alone by her forgetful father in a locked car for nine hours on a hot day.It is a worldwide problem that George Shaker, an engineering professor from…
  9. China is narrowing the gap with the United States in terms of cutting edge scientific research activity, despite a protracted trade and tech war between the world’s two largest economies.National scientific think tank the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and US firm Clarivate Analytics jointly announced that finding on Tuesday at a forum in Beijing, where they released reports on the hottest and emerging areas in scientific research from 2013 to 2018, as well as a comparison on national…
  10. Earlier waves of automation may have already taken the most repetitive jobs from the hands of factory workers, but the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution is likely to most affect better-educated and better-paid white-collar workers, many of them men, according to a study released on Wednesday.Brookings Institution researchers overlaid keywords in AI-related patents with job descriptions listed in the US government’s official occupational database to measure each job’s varying levels of …