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Red AI: Victories and Warnings From China’s Rise In Artificial Intelligence

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Red AI: Victories and Warnings From China’s Rise In Artificial Intelligence is the definitive book on one of the most important topics of our time. It is the first thorough investigation of the Chinese AI industry and an insight-filled, intriguing narrative that will shed light on China AI for global policymakers, business and technology professionals.

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Kindle Edition, 218 pages
Published June 27th 2019 by Amazon Digital Services
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Bart Van Bos
Sep 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
I stopped reading after 40 pages (intro and chapter 1). The part of the book I read is full of mistakes (factual mistakes, cultural misunderstandings and twisted interpretations). It is very clear that the author has no technology background, which is imo a basic feat in order to write a book on AI and technology. Throughout the book, the author often quotes "anonymous resources" to validate some of the presumptions she's making. In other areas she quotes "official government statements about ho ...more
Liam || Books 'n Beards
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

So, this was interesting - AI and robotics development is a subject I'm woefully under-informed on, and the over of Red AI grabbed me and wouldn't let go.

Written by a journalist with 20+ years of experience in the technology and AI fields in China, Red AI explores the (mostly western) idea that the economic powerhouse of China is overtaking the West in technology and, specifically, AI. As such, it is split into several part
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Henk-Jan van der Klis
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nina Xiang, a veteran China-based tech journalist who has tracked the Chinese Artificial Intelligence (AI) industry for years, interviewed hundreds of people and traveled to dozens of Chinese cities. He collected his often counterintuitive findings and compared the state of affairs between China en primarily the United States of America. Themes within the broad spectrum of AI that are covered in Red AI: Victories and Warnings From China’s Rise In Artificial Intelligence are face recognition, aut ...more
Donald Barker
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
RED AI
BY NINA XIANG

Victories and Warnings From China’s Rise in Artificial Intelligence

Independently published on Amazon ISBN: 9781076774866

Since the death of Mao Zedong in 1976 and the “opening up” of the country to trade by his successor Deng Xiaoping, China has made a whole series of Great Leaps Forward that have resulted in enormous benefits not merely for the people of China – a fifth of the world’s population – but also for we of the West. Make no mistake about it, lowly priced quality
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Paul
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Over the past few years, a person could be forgiven for thinking that China is about to, figuratively, take over the world in the area of artificial intelligence. According to this book, the reality is very different.

China does lead the world in the use of facial recognition software. That is because China has about one-third the number of police per capita that America has. It also helps that the average Chinese citizen is rather ambivalent or unconcerned about the possible loss of personal pri
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Andreea Pădurean
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
More than a book about ‘China’s Rise In Artificial Intelligence’

An extensive book in the field, RED AI offers a global picture of a rapidly changing society that needs both safety and great technological achievements in the shortest amount of time. The author emphasizes the differences in theory and practice regarding this industry and its applications, exemplifying their presence on the Chinese market. In their struggle to create the perfect society, equally prosperous, economically stable and
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Rita Karina
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It is surprisingly easy to read and understand, given the wide scope of interests that AI covers in populous China today, plus future developmental trajectories and potential. The book has been divided into reader-friendly nine-chapters, which a reader can easily cover in a week that I did, and provides the reader with immense opportunities to be acquainted with to-the-point Chinese terminologies, and cultural backgrounds too, from start till finish. Once again, kudos to the au ...more
Cavak
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Since Xiang has no tech background herself, do not expect the algorithms to be explained with specifics or in depth programming. She presents the broad strokes that affects China's tech industry longevity from a business perspective (as of mid 2019).

General summary for the flaws she has noted:

* Over-reliance on imports
* Outdated tech for high end needs
* Impressive quantity and growth but overall average quality
* Competition rather than collaboration among start-ups
* Government oversight that can
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Roope
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Got a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Really interesting book about China and its technology scene, history and future. The book introduces multiple firms from China, that are hugely valued and are seen as forerunners of China's advancement and goals of technologies. Yet in the book, the writer is somewhat cynical about China's progress and strenght in the fields of High Tech and AI. The criticism of China and its plans feel a bit repetitive, but credible. I especially enjoyed
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Pat Eroh
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was worried this book would go right over my head but not so! This was so well-written, even an old fogie like me could understand it! If you are interested in technology and China's AI, this is a great book.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Venky
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
On the 7th of October, 2019, the United States Commerce Department took the extraordinary decision to place 28 Chinese public security bureaus and companies, on a trade blacklist. The reason behind this move was touted to be Beijing’s treatment (or mistreatment) of Uighur and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities. The companies blacklisted include some of China’s leading artificial intelligence firms such as SenseTime Group Ltd, Megvii Technology Ltd, Hikvision, formally known as Hangzhou ...more
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