ChatGPT

Shipping containers and gantry cranes at the Yantian International Container Terminals, operated by CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd.'s Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust), in Shenzhen, China, on 16 January 2024. (Shen Qilai/Bloomberg)

The true state of China's economy: Capital flight, domestic consumption and US sanctions (Part 2)

In part two of his article taking stock of the Chinese economy and assessing bright spots and challenges in 2024, Chinese economist Yao Yang focuses on the key factors of increasing investment without distinguishing between foreign and domestic capital, and the inability of the US to limit China’s technological development.
A man takes a picture of robots during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai on 7 July 2023. (Wang Zhao/AFP)

Why China's AI startups stand no chance in the ChatGPT race

AI is all the rage at the moment, but technology expert Yin Ruizhi warns that China's AI-related startups may not stand a chance in the current environment as big tech platforms gobble small ones, and the business know-how is firmly in the hands of industry leaders who would choose to work with the tech bigwigs.
This illustration picture shows the AI (artificial intelligence) smartphone app ChatGPT surrounded by other AI apps in Vaasa, Finland, on 6 June 2023. (Olivier Morin/AFP)

Commercial opportunities of the new AI wave still some way away

Technology expert Yin Ruizhi believes that the current artificial intelligence fever is still at its nascent stage whereby tech companies need to focus on technical development before it becomes profitable. However, compared with the previous breakthroughs in the mobile internet era, the tech industry is exploring emerging business paradigms with no rush to capitalise on generative AI for now.
Robots on display at a CloudMinds Technology Inc. booth at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai, China on 7 July 2023. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

China’s strides in AI: Promising but not without its challenges

While China and the West have different strategic visions, they face the common challenge of tackling pitfalls and regulatory challenges while embracing the potential of AI, says Chinese academic Zhang Tiankan.
Students visit an educational base of AI in Handan, in China's northern Hebei province on 25 May 2023. (AFP)

China’s OpenAI starting off on the wrong foot?

As the world is getting used to generative AI tools from the West, China is struggling to get its generative AI industry started. The high-profile acquisition of AI firm Light Years Beyond by Meituan started with much fanfare but prospects of it spearheading China’s AI rise are petering out. There is no doubt that the West holds the AI lead for now, but how long will it take for China to get running and catch up?
This photo taken on 10 May 2023 shows the latest version of a robot called Sophia being tested at Hanson Robotics, a robotics and artificial intelligence company which creates human-like robots, in Hong Kong, China. (Peter Parks/AFP)

AI Stefanie, scams and fake news: China acts on AI regulation

The tech sector has seen a massive shift since the introduction of OpenAI’s ChatGPT in November last year. The AI wave has brought much trepidation for its potential in advancing education, innovation and more; but along with it comes new challenges, especially those that raise copyright infringement issues or break the law. Lianhe Zaobao’s China Desk looks into how AI has been misused in China and the responses.
A person tries an Oculus Meta Quest virtual reality headset at the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, Spain, on 28 February 2023. (Josep Lago/AFP)

Tencent, ByteDance gut metaverse units in virtual reality check

Major staff cuts at the metaverse units of ByteDance and Tencent have highlighted the sometimes disorganised ways that big tech firms have handled investments in new businesses. Now, grand development plans have been shelved, not so much because of a looming regulatory risk, but because of the difficulties of navigating a vaguely defined sector with patchy overall demand.
A photo taken on 31 March 2023 in Manta, near Turin, shows a computer screen with the home page of the artificial intelligence OpenAI web site, displaying its ChatGPT robot. (Marco Bertorello/AFP)

China's self-censoring chatbots face many challenges

Since the release of ChatGPT late last year, Chinese tech companies have been rushing to release their own chatbots. But given the Chinese government’s tight grip on information and speech, how will chatbots developed by Chinese tech companies fare on the world stage?
This file photo taken on 23 January 2023 in Toulouse, southwestern France, shows screens displaying the logos of OpenAI and ChatGPT. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP)

ChatGPT will permeate all facets of our work and life

While advanced AI tools like ChatGPT are viewed as a potential threat to jobs, all is not lost as workers can adapt by learning to work with such technology to achieve better outcomes.