Artificial intelligence powers China's tech future

By CGTN about 2 years ago

With the world transfixed on the 2016 US presidential election, a Chinese photo-editing app tapped into the mood by transforming the candidates’ serious faces into a rosy-cheek cartoon styles — and scored a global viral hit.

Face detection is key to the app’s success, automatically identifying key points of a face and then stretching and twisting them, adding virtual effects to make skewed yet recognizable – and sharable – caricatures.

The technology is part of visual recognition, a key subset of artificial intelligence (AI), at the forefront of the tech boom in China and excitement round the globe.

The US ranks top in terms of the number of AI enterprises, with 2,905 companies in total, about four times the number in China, according to an AI industry report released by Internet industry think tank Wuzhen Institute at the 2016 World Internet Conference held in Wuzhen, east China’s Zhejiang Province.

But as one of the most dynamic economies in the world, China is powering forward with AI development and application. Experts expect the country to be a critical hub in the global development of AI, as the technology becomes a fundamental part of human life.

CGTN spoke with several innovative enterprises and experts in the AI industry to discover their insights and outlook for this fast-growing sector.

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