WAIC 2019 in photos: The rise of industrial AI

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This year’s theme for the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC), one of the largest tech events organized by the Chinese government, was “Intelligence Connectivity Infinite Possibilities.” Held in Shanghai, it provided a stage for the world’s tech giants to showcase the newest innovations. This year there was a clear focus on industrial internet applications in combination with AI technologies.

DeepRacer at AWS is a race car powered by reinforcement learning. (Image credit: TechNode/Shi Jiayi)

The Smart Cafe at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) booth gave a demonstration on how AI technologies can ensure that every step in a supply chain is functioning.

Didi’s robotaxi made an appearance at WAIC in Shanghai on August 30, 2019. (Image credit: TechNode/Shi Jiayi)

Didi displayed one of its robotaxis at the exhibition. Zhang Bo, CEO of Didi’s autonomous driving company, announced Friday that it will launch a pilot robotaxi fleet in Shanghai. The company declined to provide a specific timeline.

Tencent’s Intelligent Inspection and Manipulation Robot at WAIC. (Image credit: TechNode/Shi Jiayi)

Tencent’s Intelligent Inspection and Manipulation Robot can perform dexterous movements in a special environments such as in the oil or gas industry without the need for custom code.

Project CIMON, an AI assistance for humans in space, made a debut at WAIC. (Image credit: TechNode/Shi Jiayi)

Crew Interactive MObile CompanioN (CIMON), the first AI assistant for humans in space, made its first appearance at WAIC this year. CIMON was designed by a collaboration between IBM, German Aerospace Center, and Airbus.

An attendee watched IBM’s Visual Inspection technology at work. (Image credit: TechNode/Shi Jiayi)
IBM’s Visual Inspection technology scans tea leaves and removes impurities. (Image credit: TechNode/Shi Jiayi)

In cooperation with Xiaoguan Tea, IBM’s Visual Inspection technology can scan and pick out the impurities from tea leaves.