YCW Shanghai: Will Our Robots Dream In Chinese? Lead Leapfrogging, Cultural Innovation, and a China-led AI Future.

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by Rochelle Yang on June 28th, 2017   38 views

When and Where

  • 28/06/2017
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  • AM Aquarium
    158 Julu Lu (巨鹿路158号)
    Shanghai
    China
    China
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YCW Shanghai: Will Our Robots Dream In Chinese? Lead Leapfrogging, Cultural Innovation, and a China-led AI Future.

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There are lots of voices and arguments for how today\’s phase of technology and AI development is equally likely to be China-led. Sam Chua, founder of metacata, a consulting and research practise focussed on culture, innovation and development, hypothesised this was down to the divergent nature of cultural (vs. purely technological) innovation.

There are lots of voices and arguments for how today’s phase of technology and AI development is equally likely to be China-led. During the previous phase China was a “lead leapfrogger”, going from one of the world’s least connected societies to becoming one of its most, deploying and adopting business models and consumer solutions at unparalleled speed and scale. Sam Chua, founder of metacata, a consulting and research practise focussed on culture, innovation and development, hypothesised this was down to the divergent nature of cultural (vs. purely technological) innovation.
YCW Shanghai is pleased to welcome Sam, who trains his attention to what Chinese trained AI culture or robots might look like. What lenses might inform this? How should AI creators and trainers approach it? These are just some of the questions Sam will explore in a collaborative exercise, leading with a talk, followed by a Q&A. His hypothesis about China as a lead leapfrogger and cultural innovation is a useful warm-up to the talk.
We hope everyone sticks around after for drinks and to imagine what a Chinese robot future might look like.

 

Sam Chua is the founder of Metacata, a research and consulting practice focused on culture, innovation, and development. He previously worked on the Explorium, a Fung Group-initiated future-of-retail laboratory in Shanghai. Based in Asia, he currently lives in Kuala Lumpur.

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