Artificial Intelligence

China establishes lab to develop artificial brain

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Computing paradigm and applications will be the focus of research at a new facility of the China University of Science and Technology (USTC) in Anhui, a province in the eastern part of the most populous country. After regulators gave the green light at the start of the year, the laboratory was officially opened on Saturday. The institution aims to get the nation’s best scientists together to work on the solutions.

USTC has already established teams for quantum tech. The latest endeavor was implemented with the help of Fudan University and the institutes of microelectronics and automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Search giant Baidu is one of the stakeholders. The lab will study the way human brains process information in order to mimic the mechanisms with artificial intelligence, said Wan Lijun, the university’s president and chairman of the project.

The results will hopefully find applications in the real sector, scholars said and noted they are interested in developing chips for visual neural networks and robotics. Video surveillance, interactive voice systems and autonomous driving are some of the domestic industries that may see progress when first breakthroughs are achieved, according to the founders. Baidu received approval in February to launch a lab for deep learning, with aspirations in areas such as computer vision, machine hearing, biometrics and intellectual property.

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