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  • This Ching Ming Festival, more opt for virtual tomb-sweeping and online shrines
    by Yujie Xue on April 3, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    In Beijing’s Jiugongshan Public Cemetery, staff silently perform rites for 25-year-old Liu He’s grandparents, cleaning their tombstones, placing flowers and fruits, and taking bows on behalf of Liu’s family a day ahead of Ching Ming Festival, or China’s “tomb-sweeping day”.At the family’s home, Liu’s mother also bows three times in the direction of an iPhone surrounded by fruits and incense, which is streaming the proceedings live.“Mom and dad, sorry we can’t come to visit you this year due to…

  • Shanghai judicial courts start to replace clerks with AI assistants
    by Sarah Dai on April 1, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    The judicial system in China is set for a hi-tech shake-up, as artificial intelligence (AI) will soon automate the traditional job performed by clerks in courtrooms across the country.That initiative started on Wednesday under a pilot programme in Shanghai, where 10 courts replaced clerks with AI assistants to transcribe case notes, pull out files and present digitised evidence, according to a report by Legal Daily.“Replacing manual records with recordings and automated transcribing, using…

  • Spain’s military uses DJI agricultural drones to spray disinfectant in fight against Covid-19
    by Che Pan on April 1, 2020 at 9:30 am

    The military of Spain, one of the countries most badly hit by the coronavirus outbreak globally, is deploying agricultural drones, including a model by China’s biggest drone maker DJI, in its fight against Covid-19.DJI’s local agent in Spain, Stock RC, is assisting the Spanish Military Emergency Unit (UME) in the latter’s community disinfection operations, DJI wrote in a post on its official WeChat account on Tuesday.“Spain has become the first European country to use agricultural drones for…

  • Coronavirus: New AI tool can help pinpoint most vulnerable patients, says joint Chinese-US development team
    by Sarah Dai on March 31, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    A group of Chinese and US researchers have jointly developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool to predict which newly infected coronavirus patients would have a higher risk for severe complications from Covid-19.Researchers at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, along with their counterparts at the Wenzhou Central Hospital and Cangnan People’s Hospital, worked on a study that designed computer models, which made…

  • Didi, BAIC and other partners launch ‘right to use’ car leasing platform amid slowdown in new car sales
    by Sarah Dai on March 30, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Chinese state-owned carmaker Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) and ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing have teamed up with other industry players on a platform that will offer BAIC’s cars for lease, amid a slump in new car sales during the coronavirus pandemic.Under the alliance, which also includes electric vehicle battery maker CATL, State Grid, Postal Savings Bank of China and online second car trading platform Uxin, the companies plan to jointly promote a fleet of 100,000 cars for lease on a …

  • McDonald’s, KFC chicken supplier shows how Chinese firms with the best digital, online game have weathered the coronavirus storm
    by Pearl Liu,Peggy Sito on March 28, 2020 at 5:00 am

    On a rainy morning in January, Zhou Jinying got up early and planned to prepare a feast to celebrate the Lunar New Year with family in her hometown in Jiangxi Province. But her plan fell through when she heard the news that Wuhan, a city more than 160 miles away, had gone into lockdown.“We were all shocked when the lockdown news was announced. [At that point] we realised that the outbreak of the virus was very serious,” said Zhou.As head of the brand department at GMK Holdings, a vast chicken…

  • China’s economy was hit hard by the pandemic. Its 5G ambitions could be crucial to its recovery
    by Che Pan on March 27, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    China’s economy declined sharply in the first two months of the year under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic, with industrial production, retail sales and asset investment all declining far more than analysts expected.In this bleak economic landscape, President Xi Jinping has put 5G networks and data centres at the top of the country’s plans to spend on “new infrastructure”, hoping to cushion the impact of the outbreak.The next-generation networks and big data centres are considered…

  • Chinese tech giants Tencent, Huawei team up to develop mobile cloud gaming platform, explore AR and VR in games
    by Celia Chen,Josh Ye on March 27, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Two of China’s biggest tech giants are working together on one of the hottest emerging areas in mobile entertainment – cloud gaming.Under the collaboration announced at the live-streamed Huawei Developer Conference 2020 on Friday, Huawei Technologies and Tencent Holdings will jointly set up a game development lab exploring the use of cutting-edge technologies such as cloud gaming, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in the game industry.One of the key…

  • Megvii makes deep learning AI framework open-source as China moves to reduce reliance on US platforms
    by Sarah Dai,Minghe Hu on March 26, 2020 at 1:04 am

    Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) start-up Megvii Technology announced on Wednesday that it would make its deep learning framework open-source, as China steps up the development of home-grown AI and makes the technologies more accessible.Initially developed in 2014, MegEngine is part of Megvii’s proprietary AI platform, Brain++, which can train computer vision at large scale and enable developers across the world to build AI solutions for industrial and commercial use, according to the…

  • Toyota teams up with self-driving start-up Momenta to develop HD mapping tech in China
    by Sarah Dai on March 19, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Toyota Motor has teamed up with Chinese self-driving start-up Momenta to commercialise automated high-definition mapping technologies in China.The partnership is the Japanese car giant’s second deal in China’s autonomous driving market over the past month after it led Pony.ai’s latest funding round in February with a US$400 million investment.The latest tie-up is expected to leverage the strengths of both partners and ultimately lead towards “mass production [of] passenger vehicles and full…

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