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Tech start-ups to dominate in AI-driven "mirror world": futurist writer

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Tech start-ups to dominate in AI-driven "mirror world": futurist writer
China

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Tech start-ups to dominate in AI-driven "mirror world": futurist writer

2024-04-21 18:01 Last Updated At:19:37

Mixed Reality (MR) glasses and the AI-powered "mirror world" will create all kinds of new products and services and start-ups that will outshine the existing tech giants and become the dominant players in this arena, renowned "digital prophet" Kevin Kelly told China Central Television (CCTV).

On April 20, 1994, China achieved a fully functional connection to the Internet, becoming the 77th country to access it. Three decades on, the country has nearly 1.1 billion internet users and witnessed a rapid rise in digital prowess.

CCTV invited Kelly, a visionary tech writer who has multiple successful predictions about technological trends in his book "Out of Control" published 30 years ago to share his insights into the future of digital technologies such as AI.

Kelly predicts that MR glasses will be the next big thing after the phone, envisioning a "mirror world" that will be a virtual replica of the physical world.

"The mirror world, let me explain what it is. The mirror world is a digital twin of the real world at the same scale. So in theory, we'll eventually have a version of this room, and we'll be able to see the room at the same scale. And it’ll have everything in it, the bookcases, and the table, and lights, and maybe even avatars of people. You can have smart glasses, you can have an iPad, you can have telepresence. There are lots of ways to view it, meaning that the AIs can read it, the AIs can understand it, and that's really, really big," Kelly said.

The futurist believes humanity will take a big step forward in the path from digitalizing information in documents to digitalizing the whole world, which will create a great many new jobs and products.

"Thousands of startups and jobs will come from that. Millions of people will be able to work with that digital version of the world, and all kinds of new products and services will come from it. Just like when we first digitized all the information in all the documents, that was Google and Baidu. Then you had all these services that you could get to once you had everything digitized. Well, with all the information digitized now, we're digitizing the real world. That's bigger," he said.

Kelly noted that the winner in this race will not be established companies such as Apple and Microsoft.

"I would be shocked if Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft was either the leader in AI or in the mirror world arena. The advantage is to the startups. So there will be a startup in the MR, mirror world. Facebook and Google and Apple are not going to be the dominant players," he said.

As the world sets its sights on next-generation 6G technology, Kelly said the communication base for a "mirror world" could be 10G, suggesting that there is still a long way to go to see that scenario.

"I think you need 10G. The amount of data that when you have millions of people sharing the world in three dimensions, volumetric, and AI processing, the scale is so, so huge. So, that's why it's going to take a while," said the writer.

Tech start-ups to dominate in AI-driven "mirror world": futurist writer

Tech start-ups to dominate in AI-driven "mirror world": futurist writer

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China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

2024-05-22 04:25 Last Updated At:05:37

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠China's service outsourcing industry saw robust expansion in the first four months of this year, the Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday.

Chinese firms inked services outsourcing contracts worth a total of some 781.43 billion yuan (about 110 billion U.S. dollars) in the four-month period, up 14.4 percent year on year, according to the ministry.

The executed contract value stood at 520.51 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 12.9 percent.

Of the total, the value of offshore service outsourcing contracts rose 8.6 percent year on year to 419.04 billion yuan.

Specifically, the value of offshore information technology outsourcing (ITO) services provided by Chinese companies jumped by 10.9 percent from a year earlier.

China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the United States and the European Union ranked the top three markets in terms of the fulfilled contract value of offshore outsourcing service, accounting for 54 percent of the total.

Chinese firms undertook nearly 80 billion yuan(about 14.93 billion U.S. dollars) worth of offshore service outsourcing contracts that were fulfilled with countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, up 24 percent from a year ago, while the offshore outsourcing services for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) member countries totaled 73.26 billion yuan, up 16.6 percent year on year.

Outsourcing refers to hiring an outside party to carry out services or produce goods typically undertaken by in-house employees. In China, service outsourcing is typically divided into three sectors: information technology outsourcing, business process outsourcing and knowledge process outsourcing.

In the January-April period, the service outsourcing industry welcomed about 301,000 new hires, with 84.7 percent of these individuals holding a bachelor's degree or above. The sector had over 16.17 million employees at the end of April, among whom some 10.56 million were graduates with a bachelor's degree or higher.

China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

China's service outsourcing industry reports robust expansion

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