From December 3-5 an all-star cast of global and Chinese tech executives convened in the scenic water town of Wuzhen in east China, exchanging views on the future development of the internet at the World Internet Conference. The most mentioned keyword for this year’s state-run summit unsurprisingly went to artificial intelligence, and here are highlights of what China’s three preeminent tech entrepreneurs have said about it:

In the next 30 years, data will become the means of production, and algorithm the productivity, Jack Ma reckons. He also believes that humans can control machines, because humans have souls, faith, values, and unique creativity, while machines lack those.

The 53-year-old Chinese billionaire previously said that what Chinese people need in the future is health and happiness, which has become a new investing theme for Alibaba with a series of endeavors in healthcare and entertainment businesses.

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Rita Liao

Telling the uncommon China stories through tech. I can be reached at ritacyliao [at] gmail [dot] com.