Global developers lured to China AI innovation platform

HEFEI (XINHUA) – A Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) innovation platform has attracted over 1.57 million developers globally. The platform was approved by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology as one of the first batches of national open platforms for new-generation Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation in 2017.

It is backed by Chinese voice-recognition giant iFlytek in Hefei, capital of east China’s Anhui Province.

China has seen a surge in the number of AI-related applications after the country issued a plan for new-generation AI development in 2017, aiming to become the main centre for AI innovation in the world by 2030.

Cutting-edge products based on AI technology were displayed last Friday at the iFlytek global developer festival, held in Hefei. The products are in fields like manufacturing, education, medical care, and smart city management.

“Chinese companies are very active in developing AI technology and applications, and we see the possibility and prospects of AI technology meeting the demands of society,” said iFlytek Chairman Liu Qingfeng.

The number of developers on iFlytek’s open platform increased 500,000 last year. The developers on the platform have so far churned out over 900,000 applications, Liu said.

“The platform will continue to expand, and iFlytek will provide more resources to global developers,” Liu said.