Beijing sets ambitious goal to lead in AI by 2030

China’s AI development plan comes with a multibillion-dollar national investment initiative to support “moonshot” projects, start-ups and academic research.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE SHANGHAI • China has laid out a development plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030, aiming to surpass its rivals technologically and build a domestic industry worth almost US$150 billion (S$204 billion). Released by the State Council, the policy is a statement of intent from the top rungs of China’s government: Beijing will be investing heavily to ensure Chinese companies, the government and military leap to the front of the pack in a technology many think will one day form the basis of computing. The plan comes with a multibillion-dollar national investment initiative to support “moonshot” projects, start-ups and academic research in AI, according to two professors who consulted with the government about the effort. The United States, meanwhile, has cut back on science funding. In budget proposals, the Trump administration has suggested slashing resources for a number of agencies that have traditionally backed research in AI. Get The Straits Timesnewsletters in your inbox Other cuts, to areas like high-performance computing, would affect the development of the tools that make AI work. China’s capabilities,…


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