In episode 321, Gareth Nicholson and Sarah Dai from South China Morning Post discuss the recently launched China AI Report 2020. In the interview, Gareth and Sarah share the key themes and intended audience for the report and offered their perspectives to how artificial intelligence (AI) has evolved in China. We examine the key drivers behind the growth of AI in China and how China is solving the talent pipeline given it’s an evolving technology and what we should expect in the next few years.

Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with time-stamps included):

  • Gareth Nicholson, (LinkedIn) senior news editor on the Technology desk and Sarah Dai (@sarah_dai, Linkedin), senior reporter from South China Morning Post (SCMP)
    • Can you talk about your roles in SCMP and what do you do?
  • China AI Report 2020 by South China Morning Post
    • What are the key themes for the report?
    • Who is the intended audience for the report?
    • What key drivers are behind the growth of AI in China? 
    • If we look at the Chinese market on AI, how do we size the market? 
    • Are there any cultural differences between US and China in their attitudes towards AI? Do they push how the AI technology has evolved in China?
    • What are the key verticals where AI are dominating in China?
    • Which are the AI startup unicorns in China which we need to watch?
    • How does China solve the talent pipeline for AI given that it is an evolving technology?
    • Unlike the US, China has the hardware advantage that accelerates AI computations. How do they augment the AI market and how are they viewed by investors?
    • What are your perspectives on the different verticals of AI in China?
      • Autonomous Driving
      • Finance 
      • Healthcare
      • Retail 
      • Smart Cities
      • Smart Homes 
      • Manufacturing
    • Where do you think that the Chinese AI industry will evolve towards in the future?
  • Closing
    • Where can our audience find the China AI Report 2020 by South China Morning Post? (Do note that there is a 20% off till the end of the month if you click on this link)
    • Where can our audience find you?

Podcast Information:

The show is hosted and produced by Carol Yin (@CarolYujiaYin) and originally created by Bernard Leong (@bernardleong, Linkedin).  Sound credits for the intro music: Taro Iwashiro, “The Beginning” from Red Cliff Soundtrack.