China announces goal of leadership in artificial intelligence by 2030

FILE PHOTO: A computer mouse is illuminated by a projection of a Chinese flag in this photo illustration from October 1, 2013. REUTERS, Tim Wimborne BEIJING — China’s government has announced a goal of becoming a global leader in artificial intelligence in just over a decade, putting political muscle behind growing investment by Chinese companies in developing self-driving cars and other advances. Communist leaders see AI as key to making China an “economic power,” said a Cabinet statement on Thursday. It calls for developing skills and research and educational resources to achieve “major breakthroughs” by 2025 and make China a world leader by 2030. Play Video 60 Minutes – Business Artificial Intelligence It might not be long before machines begin thinking for themselves — creatively, independently, and sometimes with better judgment than a human…. Artificial intelligence is one of the emerging fields along with renewable energy, robotics and electric cars where communist leaders hope to take an early lead and help transform China from a nation of factory workers and farmers into a technology pioneer. They have issued a series of development plans over the past decade, some of which have prompted complaints Beijing improperly subsidizes its technology developers and…


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