China Is Dethroning Silicon Valley and Here’s Why – Tech Morning, Asia 2
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In Today’s Episode …
China Reveals the 1st AI TV Anchor in the World
In 2017, Instagram made headlines when it introduced the world’s first digital supermodel, Shudu Gram by American visual artist Cameron-James Wilson. In Hong Kong, we have our very own social humanoid robot by the name of Sophia, created by Hanson Robotics, that is the 1st android in the world to be granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia.
Now, China has created the world’s first Artificial Intelligence News Anchor which can simulate the voice, facial expressions and gestures of a real-life broadcaster. The news anchors were developed by Xinhua, the Chinese news agency and the Chinese search engine, Soguo, and now, just like Sophia, they can simulate the voice, facial movements and gestures of real-life news anchors.
The AI news anchor said in its first broadcasting appearance:
“Before we go, I’d like to send my good wishes to all of the journalists across the country. As an AI anchor under development I know there is a lot for me to improve.”
Asia’s Presence at Web Summit Affects its Innovation and Investment Hubs
60,000 attendees from more than 150 countries attended Web Summit, the best way for Asian startups to get international recognition, enter new markets, get international investors and mentors and spread the word about exciting innovations brewed in Asia. Our BeFast.TV special correspondent attended the conference and spoke with startups and investors coming all the way from Asia.
Silicon Dragon sets China on the path to becoming the Next Global Home for Tech Innovation
Rebecca Fannin, an author and journalist who has a passion for reposting on tech innovation hosts a series of events every 5 weeks around the world, in places like Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and more. Earlier this month, Rabecca returned to Hong Kong to host the Silicon Dragon Ventures and Awards, an event that celebrated the top founders, venture capitalists and best VC Deals in Asia this year.
China’s Liulishuo was on the spotlight. Liulishuo is an Artificial Intelligence platform that teaches kids and adults English. In September this year, the company raised 72 million US dollars through its IPO on New York Stock Exchange. Another super hot startup we saw at Silicon Dragon that is also planning to go to IPO was UCommune that recently raised $200 million series D funding round.
“The recent funding from leading institutional investors in China is recognition of our leading position and operational capabilities and validation of the growth potential of co-working sector in China.”
—Mao Daqing, Founder of UCommune
We also saw VC’s making big moves in China. Sequoia China teamed up with a state-owned venture capital fund, JD.com, to raise up to $6 Billion for a new investment firm that is said to focus on big-stage tech investments. With all this outpour of success and money, could it be possible that China is becoming the next global home for tech innovation?
Experiencing China’s Cashless Economy with Elaine Ann from Kaizor Innovation
Mobile payment transactions reached US$12.8 trillion from January to October 2017 in China. Alipay and WeChat Pay, two Chinese multi-purpose messaging, social media and mobile payment app giants, accounted for 93% of China’s mobile payment segment.
“Mobile payment is set to claim more ground in China with the dual giants of Alipay and WeChat Pay further consolidating their lead.”
—He Fei, Senior Researcher at Bank of Communications in Shanghai
From convenience stores, shopping malls, restaurants to local grocery stores and small-scale vendors, mobile payments are used everywhere in Chinese cities transforming China into a cashless society.
In today’s episode of Tech Morning Asia, we feature our special guest Elaine Ann, CEO and Chief Innovation Strategist of Kaizor Innovation who gave us exclusive insights on China’s cashless economy and all tips a business can grasp to succeed in China. Watch the full interview now and let us know in the comments what you think!
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