This is the first post of TechNode’s profile of Chinese AI and robotics firms present at the Beijing edition of Global Mobile Internet Conference or GMIC.  Read Part 2 here.

GMIC kicked off with a somewhat ominous recorded message from Stephen Hawking, played on a massive screen at the China National Convention Center in Beijing.

“AI could be the best thing or the worst thing ever to happen to humanity,” warned the renowned Cambridge physicist in his distinctive mechanized voice. “AI could spell the end of the human race.”

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Linda Lew

Linda Lew is a Beijing-based journalist who covers technology, start-ups and business in China. You can reach her at lindalew at aliyun dot com.