By utilizing real-time city data, Alibaba Cloud’s ET City Brain platform optimizes urban public resource allocations. City Brain has already cooperated with local governments in downtown Hangzhou, Xiaoshan District of Hangzhou, and Suzhou. According to the official site, it’s mostly applied in public transportation. With the aid of traffic cameras and big data, it reported more road accidents with 92% accuracy rate and reduced traffic congestion in downtown Hangzhou.

The City Brain is more like infrastructure that can think for itself and it’s arrogant to compare this brain directly to human brains, assuming objects or creatures other than human don’t have brains, said Wang Jian at TechCrunch Hangzhou event on July 2. Wang is the founder of Alibaba Cloud and chairman of Technology Steering Committee at Alibaba

“When cities have been evolving to today, when they have their own systems, it’s partial to call those systems artificial intelligence. Thus, we should call it machinery intelligence,” Wang said. The product is built on complex algorithms and a massive amount of data. It’s an intelligent system that has its own pattern of thinking.

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Jiefei Liu is a Beijing based tech reporter. She focuses on the union of tech and content creation and loves agriculture. You can write to her at Jiefei@technode.com