China’s Plan for World Domination in AI Isn’t So Crazy After All
China has key AI ingredient: a vast well of government data
Big companies, startups, nation plowing money into field
Mark Bergen and David Ramli
Xu Li’s software scans more faces than maybe any on earth. He has the Chinese police to thank.
Xu runs SenseTime Group Ltd., which makes artificial intelligence software that recognizes objects and faces, and counts China’s biggest smartphone brands as customers. In July, SenseTime raised $410 million, a sum it said was the largest single round for an AI company to date. That feat may soon be topped, probably by another startup in China.