Tag Archives: Artificial Intelligence

[Social Credit and the 19th CCP Congress (2)] People’s Daily: One Should Not Let Algorithms Determine Content

One Should Not Let Algorithms Determine Content

Xuan Yan

People’s Daily, October 5, 2017, p. 4

With the advent of big data and the wide application of artificial intelligence, some commercial websites, mobile news clients, including live broadcasting platforms, browsers, internet search engines, audio-visual software, and so on, are using algorithms to “read minds”, to tailor information to the user, and to create a new personalized reading experience. The acquisition of information has changed from the model of “finding a needle in a haystack” to the model of “individual customization”. However, technology is often a cold two-edged sword. In the weighing of values and interests, so-called algorithms have become the standard weight of interests. Everything revolves around the traffic volumes of websites, the number of clicks, reposts are blindly followed, clickbait headlines are spreading uncontrolled, while the value orientation is deviating, and content has been reduced to an appendage.

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Inside China’s Plan on Artificial Intelligence

On July 8, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China issued the Development Plan on a New Generation of Artificial Intelligence. This is a lengthy document, divided in six sections and several paragraphs. A translation produced by the fantastically efficient interns of the Foundation for Law and International Affairs is 27 pages in length. I have taken the time to go through the document in its Chinese and its English versions, to learn more about its contents, and to summarize it for my readers. 

This is an extremely important document, outlining the blueprint for the development of China’s AI in the next thirteen years. As it is already clear to those in the know, the Plan has significant implications for the development of social credit, as well as the fields and the policies related to it.

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State Council Notice Issuing the Development Plan on New Generation Artificial Intelligence

国务院关于印发新一代人工智能发展规划的通知
国发〔2017〕35号

各省、自治区、直辖市人民政府,国务院各部委、各直属机构:

现将《新一代人工智能发展规划》印发给你们,请认真贯彻执行。

国务院

2017年7月8日

(此件公开发布)

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