Why Chinese Artificial Intelligence Will Run the World
With Chinese tech giants Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent focused on developing sophisticated AI-driven systems in the coming decade, the rest of the world can only watch while China builds the computer systems that will run our world in the decades to come. If you’ve been paying attention in the past year, it seems that all anyone can talk about is the coming artificial intelligence boom on the horizon. Whether it’s the Amazon, Google, or Facebook, everyone seems to be getting in on the AI game as fast as they can.
And with good reason—they’re having to play catchup with the rapid growth of artificial intelligence in China. For the past few decades, China has developed a reputation as being the undisputed source of manufacturing for a whole host of well-established Western companies. Whether this bred Western complacency is debatable, but what is indisputable is that China has been diligently laying the groundwork to breakout into the tech world in its own right—with the power to start calling the shots on the world stage.
Three companies have been leading this charge: Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent. To many in the West, these names aren’t familiar since their products and services have not made significant inroads into Western markets, but these three firms dominate the world’s 2nd largest economy. Commonly thought of as China’s Google, it ranks 23 on Forbes’ Top 100 Digital Companies, with close to $100B market capitalization and 65% of the market share for searches in China.
Like Google, it offers services such as Newsfeed, Shopping, and an app comparable to Google Maps as well as other services.