One day, when humanity has been conquered by the robot armies, the year 2017 will be remembered as the year of AI ascendance. In China, the year began with an eye-opener: AI is so much better than us. The best player of one of humanity’s most complicated games Ke Jie was taken down by a mere half a point by Alpha Go, Google’s Deep Mind go playing program.

But the rapid spread of this technology wasn’t the only thing that caught our attention: China—which until recently still struggled to catch up with Western tech developments—has promised to wow the world with its AI achievements. The results are beginning to show: seven Chinese startups made it onto CB Insights’ AI 100 list this year, up from four in 2016.

If 2017 was marked by China’s AI hype, then 2018 will be the year when China’s true AI strengths are truly revealed. To help you prepare, here are our best stories chronicling the rise of AI in China.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.