Artificial intelligence was the emerging technology that put China in the center of attention last year. It’s no wonder then that this year’s EmTech China conference in Beijing put a major focus on AI. The three-day event organized by MIT Technology Review that began on Sunday gathered some of the most interesting minds from science and business to discuss AI from every corner. We took a peek at how Chinese companies are advancing in this field and how the technology will affect the way we work and educate ourselves.

One of the core concepts discussed was AI in the cloud. This enables the huge amount of computing required by AI applications to be transferred from limited hardware to the cloud.

“If we take cloud as the internet, I think in the future the internet will be the key carrier of many AI applications,” said the president of Alibaba Technology Committee, Jian Wang who talked about Alibaba’s AI plans in smart city and traffic management.

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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.