Chinese firms eye .2b AI sector

Updated 2017-08-03 09:30:46 Shanghai Daily

Chinese firms are seeking various and advanced artificial intelligence technology applications to tap a huge market that is set to be worth 150 billion yuan (.2 billion) by 2020.

The firms are eying promising AI potential in a host of applications in e-commerce, logistics, finance, education and translation that consume a huge volume of data, industry insiders said, adding that China will encourage the development of AI as a national strategy.

The national blueprint envisages the value of the country's core AI industries to exceed 150 billion yuan by 2020 and 400 billion yuan by 2025, the State Council said.

Cardinal Operations Technology Co Ltd, a Beijing-based AI startup, has adopted AI to help clients on pricing and sales strategies, improving supply chain and unearthing potential risks for financial investment.

Founded in 2016, Cardinal Operations has lured investment from Northern Light Venture Capital and Zhen Fund. The company has also offered algorithms for an e-commerce website, an online travel agency and a logistics firm, which are all industry giants in China. Sogou, eying an initial public offering in the US market, uses AI to offer simultaneous interpretation with voice recognition and translation technologies.

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