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To the Stars and Moon and Back

The satellite was launched into orbit by a Long March 3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China’s Sichuan province. “Beidou” is China’s name for the “Big Dipper” or Ursa Major constellation, a traditional navigational aid for locating the North Star in the nighttime sky. China’s progressive development in aerospace The..

Taiwan Turns High-Tech Market Mayhem to its Advantage

On June 4, Taiwan announced a programme that would attract international enterprises to partner with local ones for joint investment in the R&D of next-generation technologies. The scheme is to be driven by government subsidies. Clearly it’s to be a classic win-win arrangement, with foreign companies benefitting financially, and Taiwan’s extensive network of electronics and..

China Starts to Un-lockdown, Production Lines Power Back On

By early April, it was clear that China had, however painfully, “flattened the curve”, and the worst of the crushing COVID-19 crisis in China was over. Now it was “back to work”, if only in fits and starts. In mid-April, The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) observed that, “China’s manufacturing sector appears to be..

Wounded Wuhan: What Lies Behind the Name?

Located at the confluence of the Yangtze and Han rivers, Wuhan logically evolved into a port city, and it was duly earmarked for economic development at the end of the nineteenth century. A steelworks came into being, and steel remains an economic driver, thanks to good transportation links. Locally available steel then enabled the growth..

China’s Bold AI Plan: Global Dominance by 2030 (part 2)

It would be misleading to think that only China’s established industry leaders have the resources to develop AI chip solutions. Horizon Robotics, for example, offers AI-based solutions for automotive applications, powered by its Brain Processing Unit (BPU™). These deliver high performance at low power, enabling Tier 1s, OEMs and automotive startups to create unique autonomous-driving..

China’s Bold AI Plan: Global Dominance by 2030 (part 1)

While the technical jargon of artificial intelligence (AI) may often seem opaque – “convolutional neural networks”, “machine learning”, “inferencing” – the applications can be extremely practical. Driver safety is a prime example, where complex camera- and radar-derived datasets need to be processed and finally “inferenced”, in the jargon, in milliseconds if not microseconds. Add several..