Call to Participate! Alibaba’s Ant Financial Hosts First Hackathon in San Francisco

Established based on Alibaba’s online payment system Alipay, Ant Financial Services Group focuses on serving SMEs and individual consumers. To date a wide range of digital financial service providers have spun out of Ant Financial, including Alipay, Ant Fortune, Zhima Credit, MYbank, Yu’e Bao, Ant Credit Pay (“Huabei”), Ant Cash Now (“Jiebei”) and more, reaching over 520 million users in China and the world. This October, Ant Financial and Synced are […]

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Apple Embraces AI with iPhoneX

While Google and Amazon have led the race to AI, Apple has lagged behind. That changed with today’s iPhoneX release. The latest iPhone struts its AI strength with three new features: Face ID, for facial recognition; Animoji, an emoji animator; and a new camera exposure mode called portrait lighting. Face ID is the most impressive […]

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AutoX Wants to Put a Self-driving Car in Your Driveway in Two Years

Chinese AI talent in US – founder of AutoX Jianxiong Xiao Today’s self-driving cars are rolling tech showrooms — perceiving their environments through LIDAR (Light Imaging, Detection and Ranging), radar, GPS/IMU, passive visual, and ultrasonic proximity sensors. But a top LIDAR unit alone can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars, pricing the vehicles […]

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Pittsburgh’s Pivot to Artificial Intelligence

When the steel mills shut down, America’s Rust Belt cities struggled to deal with stagnant economies, stale industries, and deteriorating infrastructures. Its strength in education and healthcare was all that saved Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from bankruptcy. Some 30 years later, buzzwords like “maker”, “tech”, and “innovation” scroll across screens at Pittsburgh International Airport, heralding the city’s […]

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From Amazon to Alibaba: The Quest of Computer Vision Scientist Xiaofeng Ren

“I am tempted by Alibaba’s large pool of business scenarios and huge user base,” says Xiaofeng Ren. The renowned computer vision specialist recently flew back to China from Seattle, making his first conference stop in Beijing since joining Alibaba as Deputy Dean and Chief Scientist of Institute of Data Science and Technologies (iDST). After obtaining […]

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Ready, Set, Go! Meet Yuandong Tian: AI Maverick

Chinese AI talent in US – Facebook Artificial Intelligence Researcher Yuandong Tian Yuandong Tian loves to seize a challenge. When the ambitious young AI researcher joined Facebook in 2015, he came up with the “crazy idea” of building a Go program from scratch. Go is the world’s oldest and most complex strategic board game, and […]

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2017 1000 Plan Startup Contest – Silicon Valley Regional Competition

1000 Plan Startup Contest is going to hit Silicon Valley on June 10. As one of the most influential US-China startup events of the year, the 1000 Plan Startup Contest Silicon Valley Regional Competition will gather top-notch startups and renowned U.S.-China investors in defining the most trending technological innovations in the area. Backed by Oriza […]

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Trump Dismisses Global Warming; AI Seeks Solution

If Artificial Intelligence (AI) were running the US, it’s unlikely it would abandon the Paris Climate Agreement — rather it would continue working on the climate change challenges facing our planet. President Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement was expected. Trump has repeatedly called global warming a “hoax,” and had […]

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Cool IJCNN Stuff from Alaska

From May 14 to 18, the 30th International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2017) was held in Anchorage, AK, USA. Continuing the long tradition, the conference is organized by the International Neural Network Society (INNS), in cooperation with the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE-CIS). This year, there were 621 papers accepted out of 933 […]

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Google I/O 2017: Integrating Everything with AI

Google CEO Sundar Pichai underlined the company’s important shift from Mobile First to AI First at the keynote speech of Google I/O on May 17 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Typically, Google uses its annual Google I/O Conference to unveil exciting new products and technologies. At the 10th Google I/O, held May […]

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