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Couples in Xian, China will soon be able to register their marriages with face scans, Digital News

Making your marriage official with just a scan of your face may sound a little far-fetched, but in a few months Xian, the capital city of China’s central Shaanxi province. By the end of September, all marriage registries in the city will have automated, AI-powered terminals where couples can obtain their marriage certificates by scanning their faces or identification cards,... → Read More

China's AI champion offers free online tech classes to students at home, Digital, China News

Chinese students confined to their homes amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak now have the opportunity to learn about artificial intelligence after the country's AI champion SenseTime offered its self-developed educational tools online. The online AI learning programme, offering a full range of open classes, experimental tool kits for programming, and distance learning training for teachers,… → Read More

China moves classes to internet, TV amid coronavirus outbreak, Digital, China News

With schools in China remaining closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, China has launched a national online learning platform and started broadcasting primary school classes on public TV to help 180 million students "keep learning even with classes suspended". From Monday, a national cloud learning platform will provide learning materials for students in junior and senior high school, according… → Read More

Chinese e-commerce sites freeze prices for masks amidst Wuhan virus outbreak, Digital, China News

Chinese e-commerce platforms have vowed to prevent price spikes for medical items such as face masks and disinfectant and offer non-stop delivery services during Lunar New Year, after the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak sparked panic buying of health products. → Read More

Chinese CES attendees offered free legal help in case US authorities seize their stuff, Digital, China News

"We will co-operate with you. We have lawyers who represent us. So before you seize our products, we would like to speak with our lawyer." This is not a line from a Hollywood script but a sentence that Chinese attendees of the CES consumer electronics event in Las Vegas have been advised by Beijing to learn and use should they face any unexpected attempts by US police to seize their exhibits,… → Read More

China's subways embrace face-scan payments despite privacy concerns, Digital, China News

Cities across China have been trialing face recognition payment systems for their subway networks. Now Zhengzhou, the capital of northeast Henan province, has become the first to roll out the technology on a wide scale. Starting Tuesday, local commuters can board and exit any of Zhengzhou's subway stops using an optional face scan, according to a report in the Henan Daily. → Read More

China's newest national AI champ started out by helping police solve crimes, Digital, China News

When the Chinese government named a new batch of national champions in artificial intelligence (AI) in August, one name was relatively unknown to most of the population. MiningLamp, a Beijing based big data company, joined home-grown tech giants Huawei Technologies, and Xiaomi Corp as companies tasked with spearheading innovation efforts in the field. → Read More

This AI can predict heart attack deaths better than humans, Digital News

Artificial intelligence at a US health centre can predict a person's chances of dying from heart test results, including those that look normal to doctors, but how it works remains a mystery. Algorithms developed by researchers at the health care provider Geisinger in Pennsylvania can calculate a patient's survival rate within a year by analysing echocardiogram (ECG) results, according to an… → Read More

Chinese tech firms offer jobs to Hong Kong students amid campus clashes, Digital, China News

Chinese tech companies have offered internship positions to university students studying in Hong Kong after some of the city's campuses turned into battlegrounds amid ongoing anti-government protests. Hong Kong has been rocked by five months of protests triggered by a now-withdrawn extradition bill, with universities the new frontline for clashes between protesters and police. → Read More

Chinese scholars use AI to screen newborns for genetic disorders via facial scan, Digital, China News

Chinese scholars have developed artificial intelligence-powered software that is geared to help screen newborns for genetic disorders through a facial scan. Researchers from the Shanghai Children's Medical Centre and the Shanghai Paediatric Centre said their new assistive diagnosis tool, which they described as the first of its kind, was designed to detect more than 100 disorders with… → Read More

Will AI succumb to the Solow Paradox of the 1970s and 80s?, Digital News

Artificial intelligence and big data have been compared to oil and electricity in terms of their importance to future economic growth but will the hype live up to reality? A growing number of academics, including some Chinese scholars, are calling for a reality check on the much-touted fourth industrial revolution, arguing it could fall victim to what is known as the Solow Paradox. → Read More

The hi-tech features at Beijing's new Daxing International Airport, Digital, China News

The newly inaugurated Beijing Daxing International Airport is expected to eventually become one of the world's busiest, as its operations relieve pressure on the Chinese capital's overcrowded main aviation hub. On Wednesday, the initial batch of travellers who used the new airport - located about 65km south of Beijing Capital International Airport - were also the first to experience how the… → Read More

Want to know where the next flu outbreak will be? This Ping An team can help, Digital, China News

Advances in artificial intelligence technology have already allowed health care authorities to screen for diseases such as cancer and retinopathy more efficiently and speed up drug discovery, but what's next? One avenue being pursued is the prevention of disease in the first place, especially illnesses that are contagious like flu or lifestyle-related, such as diabetes and heart disease. → Read More

AI-backed virtual reality experience helps drug addicts stay clean, Digital, Health News

You are in a black sedan parked in a dimly-lit alley at night. In the passenger seat a female, dressed in white top and jeans, asks if you want to share some meth. She lights up and smoke fills the interior. Seemingly out of nowhere, a second meth inhaling device appears. The scenario may sound real enough but it is an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience designed to determine how prone the… → Read More

Shanghai seizes chance to showcase future mobility with robo-taxi trials, Digital News

Within months, tourists from across China and the world will be able to get a taste of future transport by hailing a robotaxi in Shanghai. Didi Chuxing, the country's biggest ride-hailing platform and AutoX, a Chinese autonomous driving start-up, are nearing the launch of self-driving pickup services in the city, the two companies announced on the sidelines of the Shanghai Artificial… → Read More

First day at university in China now means a face scan to enrol, Digital News

Back-to-school season in China's universities has become another example of how facial recognition technology is now part of people's daily lives, as much as social media, mobile payments and online shopping already have. A growing number of universities are now extending their use of facial recognition to the enrolment registration process, after its initial adoption in applications such as… → Read More

Facebook, Twitter could face blowback over China account suspensions, Digital News

Facebook and Twitter's decision to take down accounts allegedly backed by the Chinese government to spread disinformation on Hong Kong protests may mean they face repercussions in the country even though the two social media platforms are already blocked by the Great Firewall, said analysts. Analysts said advertising revenue the two platforms earn in the world's second-largest economy could now… → Read More

Chinese researchers develop hybrid chip design that holds promise for 'thinking machines', Digital News

Chinese researchers have developed a hybrid chip architecture that could move the world a step closer to achieving artificial general intelligence (AGI) and a future filled with humanlike "thinking machines". The potential for attaining AGI, also known as "full AI", by adopting such a general hardware platform was set out by a team of researchers, led by Tsinghua University professor Shi Luping,… → Read More

China's face-scan tech now stretches to trash cans and public housing, Digital News

China's sprawling use of facial recognition technology has now stretched to trash cans and public housing as the country continues to embrace the controversial yet extremely efficient mode of identification. Beijing authorities are currently trialling a face-scanning system in several residential neighbourhoods to supervise a nascent garbage sorting programme after kicking off a project to stem… → Read More

As the mercury soars in China, online food orders surge, Digital News

China's spell of hot weather has seen a surge in online food deliveries as consumers opt to stay indoors and order everything from ice cream and iced watermelon to beer and barbecue skewers. Meituan Dianping, the country's largest online food delivery platform, saw daily orders surpass 30 million for the first time over the weekend, company co-founder and chief executive Wang Xing announced on… → Read More