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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
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PwC's Verweij Says We Are at the Revolution of AI

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.