China’s leading paper, Peoples’ Daily reports that China will roll out a slate of important artificial intelligence projects and step up efforts to cultivate AI talent as part of the country’s upcoming national plan to gain a lead in the cutting-edge technology, citing a senior official’s comment yesterday.
Source: China intending to take lead with national AI plan – People’s Daily Online
This is important for a number of reasons.
Firstly, it highlights that China plans to be No 1 in this important area of technology
Secondly, it demonstrates the robustness China’s competitive model, with clear stages of strategy, prioritization and highly focused delivery – this is the competitive model of the 21st century
Thirdly, it highlights the strategic dangers of trying to ‘muddle through’, relying on ‘weak and wobbly’ leadership rather than optimizing strategy and mobilizing the critical enablers for effective delivery.
Thoughts for the day, many western technology companies seem too reliant on optimizing today’s market rather than being true pioneers and everywhere the public sector is full of roadblocks preventing optimal value for money solutions. Apart from China, Israel provides an outstanding example of leveraging technology to strategic advantage.