The AI city what?
The AI City Challenge, started four years ago, aims to spur the development of AI for ‘real world’ situations to improve urban living. Things like counting cars travelling through intersections or spotting accidents on main roads. When it began US entrants (companies or universities) took all the top spots. This year, well, see above.
The Chinese Government declared four years ago it wants to be the world leader in AI by 2030. It has invested heavily in smart city programs with hundreds of Chinese cities supporting pilot programs involving edge computing, camera and sensors using 5G wireless connections. Sydney Business Insights’ Intelligent Cities Index China 2020 offers a snapshot of the various AI capabilities within China’s cities.
This competition highlights the growing tech nationalism between the world’s superpowers.
Ultimately who will benefit from this tech revolution turned race? The incredible pace of inventions dazzles the imagination. It should also raise questions about privacy, cybersecurity and accountability – will the AI City Challenge include those criteria in next year’s evaluation?