A new international artificial intelligence research center was launched in Beijing. The director of this center will be Kai-Fu Lee, CEO of Sinovation Ventures, which has always supported the potential of China in the development of artificial intelligence.
The research center will first establish three innovation centers, focusing on basic AI research, smart societal innovation, and AI patent innovation. The center will also build an AI computing and data application platform in collaboration with Face++, SenseTime, and Ksyun.
In Kai- Fu Lee’s curriculum there are great achievements like the world’s first speaker-independent, continuous speech recognition system, and job positions as executive; first at Apple, then SGI, Microsoft, and then Google.
In view of the new position, Kai-Fu Lee stressed the importance of nurturing more AI talent. “AI development doesn’t lie on academic theses,” said Lee at the launch event in Beijing.
Kai Fuu Lei has also emphasized the reasons why China could surpass the United States also in the field of artificial intelligence. He said that the US is the front-runner in techniques but China has other capabilities as the great pool of talent (23% of the authors of papers presented at the 2017 AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence were Chinese, compared to just 10% in 2012) and the governmental policy supports.
Lastly, Kai Fuu Lei stressed the importance of data: “Data is the booster for AI development,” he told local media. “More data can lead to better products, more users, and thus more benefits.”