Mayor voices support for fledgling AI industry

Mayor Ying Yong attended the 2017 Global Artificial Intelligence Innovation Summit on Wednesday.

Mayor Ying Yong attended the 2017 Global (Shanghai) Artificial Intelligence Innovation Summit on Wednesday and listened to suggestions from Chinese and foreign experts regarding the city’s AI industry.

Ying said the use of artificial intelligence is a rising trend and has turned from concept into reality. AI is changing the way people live and will promote Shanghai’s economy and trade, construction of transport hubs, and development of high-tech parks.

The mayor said Shanghai has unique advantages for developing AI technologies, such as its resources of talent, technologies and capital. Shanghai will increase investment in basic research and innovation and enhance its ability to monetize technologies.

He asked the city’s AI experts, enterprises, research institutions and universities pool their efforts in AI development.

Shanghai should tap its potential and build an ecosystem for AI research and talent recruitment. More should be done to promote the use of artificial intelligence in manufacturing, “smart city” construction, urban management, and medical care, the experts said at the meeting.

Eric Grimson, MIT professor in computer science; Charles-Edouard Bouee, CEO of Roland Berger; Tang Xiao’ou, professor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Chen Tianshi, researcher of the Chinese Academy of Sciences were among participants at the summit.


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Mayor Ying Yong(middle) and foreign, Chinese experts at the summit

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