Opinion – China intending to take lead with national AI plan – People’s Daily Online

English: Logo of the People's Daily 中文: 人民日报题字

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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.

This is what robots mean for the economy | World Economic Forum

In this fascinating WEF article, John Lewis explores the implications of automation and robotics on the economy, by taking a historical perspective.

Source: This is what robots mean for the economy | World Economic Forum

The argument is fascinating but masks the evidence of winners and losers from automation and robotics. For example, look at the the trend of US blue-collar and clerical jobs, which been replaced have either by machines or offshoring.

The challenge for young people is to develop niche skills in tomorrow’s premium markets. For example, in my own career, I saw that general managers and CFO‘s were becoming commoditized, so I took an applied doctorate, learned languages and worked in foreign markets, then tailored my market facing offering to niche skills in high demand.

Do you have any unusual insights into automation and robotics?