Kicking off a major AI conference in Shanghai

A smart robot demonstrates its calligraphy skills during the Fifth World Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Shanghai on Sept. 1, 2022. (Photo by Gao Erqiang/China Daily)

The Fifth Global Conference on Artificial Intelligence, which kicked off in Shanghai on Thursday and will run through Saturday, will play a bigger role in driving innovation progress in the country, organizers said. event and attendees.

“Shanghai is the center of innovative AI development in China, and the WAIC has become an important platform for promoting AI industry communications and collaborations,” said Jin Zhuanglong, head of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, in a video speech at the opening. conference ceremony on Thursday.

Over the past four years, the event has attracted more than 2,000 guests and showcased more than 600 enterprise collaborations, while 155 major projects with a combined investment of 110.7 billion yuan ($16 billion) have been signed through the platform, said, citing the conference organizer.

A staff member introduces a minimally invasive orthopedic surgery robot to visitors during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) 2022 in Shanghai, east China, Sept. 1, 2022. Photo/Xinhua)

“As the industrial cluster continues to grow, a complete AI industry chain has basically formed, and the scale of the industry has greatly expanded. In 2021, the combined output value of AI enterprises above of a designated size, or with an annual turnover of 20 million yuan or above, has exceeded 300 billion yuan,” said Gong Zheng, Mayor of Shanghai.

The metropolis has also seen many key technological breakthroughs, with the acceleration of the construction of innovative multi-level platforms and the increase in the introduction of smart chips, Gong said.

He added that Shanghai has also gathered about a third of the country’s specialist AI talent.

Moreover, with the increasingly wide application of high-tech, Shanghai will see a batch of benchmark AI applications in the near future, Gong said.

An AI robot performs Peking Opera during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) 2022 in Shanghai, east China, Sept. 1, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

Since 2018, the AI ​​talent pool in Shanghai has increased from 100,000 to 180,000, and the industrial scale of the city’s AI industry has doubled, showing that the development of a world-class industrial cluster world is underway, said Wu Jincheng, director of the Shanghai Municipal Economics and Informatization Commission.

“The Chinese government has attached great importance to the development of the AI ​​industry. In recent years, China’s AI industry has developed at an accelerated speed, and a comprehensive AI industrial system has The basic industrial scale of AI has exceeded 400 billion yuan, and more than 3,000 enterprises are engaged in the industry,” said Jin of MIIT.

AI is increasingly integrated into the entire development process and becomes an important driver to promote rapid technology development, industrial optimization and upgrading, and productivity improvement, Jin added.

Jin said AI is an important part of developing the digital economy. MIIT will grasp the characteristics of AI development, stick to openness and cooperation, and coordinate development and security to promote the deep integration of AI and the real economy in various directions. and achieve high-quality development.

No matter how fast AI develops, more efforts are needed to promote commercial applications of AI, said Robin Li, CEO of Baidu Inc.

Without good business prospects, a start-up will experience stagnant growth or even loss, and promising business prospects are equally important for large companies, Li said.

An inspection robot for fire reconnaissance is seen during the 2022 World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai, east China, Sept. 1, 2022. (Photo/Xinhua)

Under the theme “Intelligent Connectivity, Infinite Multiverse”, the Shanghai event attracted more than 200 exhibitors to showcase their products in an exhibition area of ​​15,000 square meters. Among them, more than 30% make their debut.

Besides the opening ceremony, the three-day conference includes a closing ceremony, two plenary sessions, 10 thematic forums and several eco-forums. In addition to the Shanghai locations, it will have five parallel session locations in North America, Europe, Singapore, South Korea and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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