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China Will Lose the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Race (And Why America Will Win)

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly embedded into every aspect of life, and China is pouring billions into its bid to become an AI superpower. China’s three-step plan is to pull equal with the United States in 2020, start making major breakthroughs of its own by mid-decade, and become the world’s AI leader in 2030.

There’s no doubt that Chinese companies are making big gains. Chinese government spending on AI may not match some of the most-hyped estimates, but China is providing big state subsidies to a select group of AI national champions, like Baidu in autonomous vehicles (AVs), Tencent in medical imaging, Alibaba in smart cities, Huawei in chips and software.

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