China Circuit: China Gears Up in Artificial-Intelligence Race

Shutterstock photo Li Yuan The acquisition this month by ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing Technology of Uber Technologies’ China operation was a reminder of how strong Chinese tech companies have become domestically at outmaneuvering foreign rivals. But the biggest buzz in China’s internet industry isn’t about besting global tech giants by better adapting existing business models for the Chinese market. Rather, it’s about competing head-to-head with the U.S. and other tech powerhouses in the hottest area of technological innovation: artificial intelligence. Enthusiasts of the technology in China say those resources, along with some particular advantages in China, such as the sheer volume of data generated by its enormous population of internet users, makes this an area where China can excel. “China is poised to be a leader in AI because of…


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