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Understanding China’s unmanned (r)evolution: China cares less about user experience than you think

While Amazon Go has been stealing headlines since it was revealed last year, we here at TechNode have been covering China’s increasing commitment to unmanned stores for about just as long. But, how exactly are China’s stores different and why are the technological and business models different from Amazon Go? First is speed: After announcing […]

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Guangzhou releases autonomous vehicle road test draft proposal

Guangzhou Municipal government today released a Draft Guidance Opinion on Smart Vehicle Road Test (广州市关于智能网联汽车道路测试有关工作的指导意见(征求意见稿)). The government hopes to collect feedback from the public as soon as possible. According to the Draft Guidance Opinion, corporates behind autonomous driving vehicles shall bear safety responsibility. Companies should buy commercial insurance that covers no less than RMB 5 […]

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ChinaBang 2018’s top 5 AI startups

The times they are a-changin’: in 2016, widescale commercial application of artificial intelligence was still a faraway high-tech dream. The ChinaBang Awards did not even have a specialized category for this technology. 2017 marked a new milestone—China decided to become the world’s strongest AI power. In the same year, ChinaBang gave out awards to three […]

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Explainer: Why Taiwan is down but not out in the global AI race

Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming our businesses, industries and the global economy at large. As other countries swarm to seize emerging opportunities brought by AI, Taiwan, the island situated amongst two AI front-runners—China and Japan—seems to have trouble rising above the clamor. The high-tech island is home to some of the world’s leading hardware and […]