China promotes application of AI technology to real economy – Xinhua

A visitor experiences a massage robot during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) 2022 in Shanghai, east China, Sept. 1, 2022. (Xinhua/Fang Zhe)

BEIJING, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) — At a logistics center owned by a healthcare group in China, autonomous mobile robots transport shelves and containers out of the warehouse, a task that previously required human workers to do about 30,000 steps per day.

Artificial intelligence (AI) robots, developed by Chinese AI company Megvii, have helped this logistics center reduce labor difficulties and costs, improve work efficiency and promote its transformation from automation to intelligence.

Changsha, capital of central China’s Hunan Province, has been a testing ground for several categories of smart vehicles, including self-driving buses running on the first China smart open-top bus demonstration line.

The smart bus demonstration line, built by Xiangjiang New Area, is 7.8 km long and includes 22 stops in both directions. However, the driver’s seats are not empty, but are occupied by “security personnel”.

The accelerator, brakes, steering wheel and shifter of these autonomous vehicles are all managed by computers, allowing the “driver” to better monitor events during test drives, according to He Jiancheng, one of the members of the security personnel.

“My main task is to deal with all the unpredictable situations the vehicle may encounter,” he said.

Seeking to accelerate the development of AI applications and boost economic growth, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology recently announced the first batch of 10 AI demonstration application scenarios, including farms smart, smart factories and autonomous driving.

“AI technology must be paired with application scenarios if it is to play its greatest role,” said Ren Aiguang, an official with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. “China’s advantage in the development of AI lies in its rich application scenarios created during the intelligent upgrade of the real economy.”

In the 2022 World Robot Conference, more than 500 sets of intelligent robots were deployed in simulation application scenarios for various industries, including advanced biomimetic robots, medical robots and agricultural robots.

Robots such as intelligent refueling robots and finless bionic porpoises based on aviation technology have attracted a lot of attention. Smart refueling robots, for example, can be deployed at unmanned service stations.

“Accelerating scenario innovation is the key driving force to boost AI technology and industrial development. Scenario innovation of AI in key industries will promote the deep integration of AI and the real economy, and lay a solid foundation for China’s high-quality development. “said Fu Yingbo, president of Megvii.

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