Commentary on AI

The “2017 AI Index Report“(linked to PDF file) presents metrics and dimensions from publicly available data to illustrate the state of AI (artificial intelligence) and ML (machine learning) activities. You could find many trend-line charts from the PDF-download link quoted in the beginning of this paragraph.

In this report, there are some commentaries from experts in the AI field. And following are some comments that caught my attention.

Kai-Fu Lee, Sinovation Ventures

State of AI in China

China has the most mobile phones and Internet users in the world, which is about three times more than that in the US or India. Many think that the gap between the US and China is just a factor of three. It is dramatically larger than that. In China, people use their mobile phones to pay for goods, 50 times more often than Americans. Food delivery volume in China is 10 times more than that of the US. It took bike-sharing company Mobike 10 months to go from nothing to 20 million orders (or rides) per day. There are over 20 million bicycle rides transmitting their GPS and other sensor information up to the server, creating 20 terabytes of data everyday. Similarly, China‚Äôs ride-hailing operator Didi is reported to connect its data with trafic control in some pilot cities. All of these Internet connected things will yield data that helps make existing products and applications more eficient, and enable new applications we never thought of. Continue reading “Commentary on AI”