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.
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 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 can perform dexterous movements in a special environments such as in the oil or gas industry without the need for custom code.
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.
In cooperation with Xiaoguan Tea, IBM’s Visual Inspection technology can scan and pick out the impurities from tea leaves.