Volkswagen Reportedly Acquires Huawei’s Self-driving Unit; Alibaba & Tencent Back Dram Maker; Bilibili AI Makes Old Anime Look Better

Weekly China AI News on February 21

  • The newsletter will begin with “News of the Week” to quickly recap the biggest AI stories of the past seven days in China, followed by “Trending Projects”, “Rising Startups” and “Rest of the World”.
  • We will feast your eyes on the most interesting, worth-reading stories and research that you should never miss!!
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News of the Week

Will Volkswagen Buy Huawei’s Self-Driving Unit? No comment

Baidu Brings Trial Robotaxi Operation to Shenzhen’s Most Populous district

Tencent and Alibaba Take Stakes in Chinese Dram Maker

Papers & Projects

Huawei’s AI research center Noah’s Ark Lab has introduced a large-scale multi-modal Chinese dataset named Noah-Wukong. The dataset contains 100 million image-text pairs. Huawei said the dataset will serve as a benchmark for different cross-modal learning methods. You can read the paper for more details and download the dataset here.

Rising Startup

Binli, a smart electric vehicle company, has raised over RMB10 billion yuan ($1.57 billion) in a strategic investment from Wuhan-based Changjiang Capital. Founded by former Volkswagen China Executive Vice President in 2021, the Beijing-based company will introduce its first electric vehicle model to challenge Porche Taycan and unveil a vehicle brand named BeyonCa.

Rest of the World

DeepMind is continuing its streak of AI in Science research by introducing a deep reinforcement learning architecture for nuclear fusion plasma control. Simply speaking, nuclear fusion as a sustainable energy source needs a so-called tokamak device surrounded by magnetic coils to contain the superheated plasma. DeepMind has collaborated with the Swiss Plasma Center at EPFL using AI to self-learn how to control plasma. Read the paper published in Nature and the DeepMind blog for more.

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