Welcome to CISTP'S 104th Academic Salon
China’s Challenges in Artificial Intelligence – Semiconductors and Data Governance
Lecturer: Dr. Dieter Ernst
Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation/CIGI (Waterloo, Canada) and at the East-West Center (Honolulu, USA)
Moderator: Dr.Zheng Liang
Professor, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University
Deputy Director, China Institute for Science and Technology Policy at Tsinghua University
Time: 16:00-17:30, 18th April, 2019 (Thursday)
Place: Room 302, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University
Some observers argue that China can win the global AI race because it has a larger data set than any other country. China thus could forge ahead in mass markets for lower-cost AI applications. This could be achieved by using existing algorithms and by purchasing leading-edge AI chips from global semiconductor industry leaders.
This lecture will present a very different picture. Dr. Ernst will explore critical challenges in semiconductors and data governance that China is facing in its attempt to forge ahead in AI. AI developers and users in China need secure access to increasing computing power at lower cost. However, access to global AI chip markets is under threat. At the same time, data quality needs to be improved through standardization and enhanced data governance.This requires continuous research and technology development across the AI value chain. In short, AI research and implementation cannot be separated – both need to proceed in lock-step. Only then can China capture the potentially huge gains from AI.
Dr. Dieter Ernst is Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation/CIGI (Waterloo, Canada) and at the East-West Center (Honolulu, USA). He is an authority on trade, global production networks and the internationalization of research and development in high-tech industries, and innovation policies in the United States, China, India, Taiwan, Korea, and Malaysia. Dr. Ernst has provided testimony to US Congress; served as member of the National Academies "Committee on Global Approaches to Advanced Computing"; and advisor to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris.