Didi pockets $4b to boost AI and Sets its Sights on the Chinese Tourist

Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing platform, is beginning its expansion abroad and into new sectors. Didi has already pushed out foreign competition from Uber in China and now seeks to leverage its dominance in the domestic ride-hailing market to open up opportunities in Taiwan and the fast-growing mobile payments market. The key overlap between these … More Didi pockets $4b to boost AI
and Sets its Sights on the Chinese Tourist

Black boxes, human factors, and the unintended consequences of today’s AI

Fear of an AI being running amok has been a popular theme in science fiction and movies. But rather than a Frankenstein or Matrix, what we’re starting to see are myriads of AI applications that become part of our everyday lives in ways that we may not even be aware of: from our Uber rides … More Black boxes, human factors, and the unintended consequences of today’s AI

New-gen technologies make IoT transformational

IoT, AI, blockchain and fog computing are the building blocks of digital transformation. Each one contributes important capabilities, but only together do they have the potential to fulfill the lofty expectations of IoT. Over the last few years, many people—myself included—have been touting the Internet of Things (IoT) as a driving force behind digital transformation. … More New-gen technologies make IoT transformational

Baidu and Xiaomi Partner on Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things

The partnership, revealed at Xiaomi’s first IoT Developer Conference, marks a significant step in boosting China’s smart manufacturing with advanced technologies including AI, IoT and big data. Connecting AI and IoT will be a driving force to upgrade the manufacturing industry. “The two companies have joined forces in forming a strong partnership to make users’ … More Baidu and Xiaomi Partner on Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things

Inside Flipkart’s monster-cruncher: how it gleans insights from a petabyte of data daily

Gender is complicated for the data scientists at Flipkart, India’s leading ecommerce site. It’s not enough, for example, to know that the shopper is female. What if she’s shopping for her husband today? So, apart from the label she chose while signing up for the account, there is also a behavioral gender. Behavorial gender is … More Inside Flipkart’s monster-cruncher: how it gleans insights from a petabyte of data daily

How China’s WeChat is tackling fake news differently from Facebook

In a small, bright office filled with books, Huamin Qu gives me a bird’s-eye view of WeChat, arguably China’s most influential app. His screen shows a red pinwheel of nodes that map how content is shared throughout the enormous social network of almost a billion users. Called WeSeer, the internal tool is the ultimate gauge … More How China’s WeChat is tackling fake news differently from Facebook

This brilliant new AI will fight email scammers by wasting their time

Netsafe, a New Zealand-based non-profit online safety group, introduced an AI email bot this week that will fight back against phishing scams by wasting their time. As Netsafe explained in a on Tuesday, the bot replies to scams “with a never-ending series of questions and anecdotes so that scammers have less time to pursue real … More This brilliant new AI will fight email scammers by wasting their time

How one US data company is helping feed China’s hungry AI

US-based Remark wants to bring all the data from all the major social networks around the world onto one platform. The company has amassed data on 1.3 billion people from social and consumer sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Sina Weibo, Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent—and you are likely one of them.  Currently, they are developing artificial intelligence algorithms … More How one US data company is helping feed China’s hungry AI