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August 1, 2019 
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Chinese researchers develop hybrid AI chip to ‘stimulate AGI development’
What: A group of Chinese researchers has created a chip that combines conventional computing architecture with that inspired by the human brain, according to research published this week in Nature. The team claims that the development is a step towards artificial general intelligence (AGI), or the ability of a machine to approximate human intelligence.

Capabilities: Dubbed Tianjic, the chip was developed by Shi Luping of Tsinghua University, along with a team of researchers largely based in China. By simultaneously processing algorithms on the dual architectures, the chip has been demonstrated to enable a self-driving bicycle to balance itself, avoid obstacles, track objects, and react to voice commands, the authors said.

Time to unify: The researchers claim that the separation of a computer science-based approach and a neuroscience-based approach to AI is “retarding the development of AGI.”

Ambitions: China has laid out ambitious goals for its AI development, aiming to be a world leader in the technology by 2030. However, the country is largely dependent on foreign-made chips to provide the computing power for its intelligent platforms.

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Small drops to get smart on China's tech world
1 - Mate X spotted in the wild
As Samsung prepares to release its foldable phone in September, a Chinese tech reviewer has spotted a Huawei executive’s foldable Mate X in an airport. (Abacus)

2 - E-chopper
A team of Chinese engineers is working on an electric helicopter. (Ecns)

3 - Big Data paradise
Pharmaceutical companies from around the world are setting up research and development hubs in China to take advantage of its tons of data. (Nikkei)

4 - Lag time
China’s army is still lagging behind in software capacity. (SCMP)
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