Central authorities, led by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) identified AI as the next economic mojo. The country has chosen Big Data to change millions of lives. Applications in facial recognition, voice recognition, autonomous driving are already rolling out at scale.
In 2019, China’s government put out its plan to lead the world in AI by 2030.
As Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google) has explained, “it’s pretty simple. By 2020, they will have caught up. By 2025, they will be better than us. By 2030, they will dominate the industries of AI.”
This context makes China the ultimate laboratory for any aspiring data scientist to learn.
Recommended book: AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Kai-Fu Lee, an Artificial Intelligence pioneer, expert on China and a venture capitalist.