From Chinese professional Go player Ke Jie and Go-playing computer program AlphaGo’s man vs. machine battle, to social humanoid robot Sophia and iPhone X’s facial recognition unlock feature, artificial intelligence has become part of a wider national security strategy. If it is said that 2017 was the year AI took off, then 2018 is the year it lands deep into all walks of life and redefines the world in which we live.

The future has arrived: this is an era of big data and artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence, a subversive and strategic technology with the potential to lead the future, has become the new focus on the international stage. To win the race for AI, we must first understand this new era, sometimes referred to as the Age of Intelligent Machines. Leadership requires creativity, wisdom, and courage, to forge a path for those who follow. At the upcoming TechCrunch International Innovation Summit, leaders in the field of AI will gather to explore the changes that AI will bring to the world.

Deputy General Manager and Secretary Board of Directors, Ecovacs Robotics

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