China’s artificial intelligence is going next level

SenseTime Group, the world's most valuable AI start-up, is building the world's largest surveillance network

SenseTime Group, the world's most valuable artificial intelligence start-up, just raised $620 million in two months. They're going places.

What it means: It doesn't sound like big news for a company to raise some money: but in the case of SenseTime, it's a sign for what's to come in terms of China's investment into artificial intelligence.

With the help of SenseTime's tech, the Chinese government is building the world's biggest facial recognition-enabled surveillance network, which they say they'll use to crack down on crime in a more efficient way than ever.

The company also works with smartphone makers, finance firms, retail, cars, you name it. You know those big-eyes-blushed-cheeks effects you get on SnapChat? That's AI, and a lot of it's SenseTime. They're also making AI textbooks for secondary schools, to get Chinese students trained to become the AI workers and producers of the future. If they haven't already, things are about to get really Black Mirror.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?