China has provided numerous rich contributions to Science and Technology. Ancient China is known as the home for great inventions such as gunpowder, the compass, printing, and other major leaps in technology.
Today the country has tremendously transformed itself into the capital city of all large scale manufacturing, feeding the world with millions of manufactured goods in the country. Currently, it produces 80% of the world’s air conditioners, 60% of shoes and 70% of all mobile phones used in the world.
Recently, the country’s State Council stated that China will be the world leader in Artificial Intelligence by the year 2025, straight away challenging the US. China wants a remarkable achievement in Artificial Intelligence which will lead to the upgrading of industries and economic transformation.
The world’s largest technology companies exist in China such as Alibaba and Baidu (best known for its search engine). The main focus of these companies is to develop their AI capabilities. Also, the state council said that the China’s aim is to grow the country’s core Artificial Intelligence industries to over 150 billion by the year 2020 and 400 billion by the year 2025.
Now the country is looking to compete U.S market leaders named Microsoft Corp and Alphabet Inc.’s Google. The country believes they are not far behind than the US in AI research and development. China also has invested a lot in AI. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, in his annual report, recommended AI as a Strategic Technology saying,
“The situation with China on national security and international competition is complex… we must take initiative to firmly grasp this new stage of development for artificial intelligence and create a new competitive edge.”
(This is according to Indiatimes)