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China's leadership in AI, manufacturing set to nurture next generation of tech giants: Kevin Kelly

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China's leadership in AI, manufacturing set to nurture next generation of tech giants: Kevin Kelly
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China's leadership in AI, manufacturing set to nurture next generation of tech giants: Kevin Kelly

2024-04-21 19:06 Last Updated At:20:37

China holds advantages in artificial intelligence (AI), with opportunities to create world-class products such as smart glasses and self-driving cars, said Kevin Kelly, a renowned U.S. journalist and technology observer, in a recent interview with China Central Television (CCTV).

Kelly highly regards China's enthusiasm for cutting-edge technologies, which positions it well in seizing opportunities to develop world-class products.

"I think the two great opportunities China has for making a world-class product that the entire world wants is with smart glasses and with a self-driving car. Okay. So China is well-positioned to seize the opportunity," Kelly said.

Looking into the future, he believes that China will witness breakthrough changes as AI has already become integrated into people’s daily lives.

"The next 20 years should be amazing. So, I think that enthusiasm came from the experience of people who had seen their lives change tremendously already. In places like the U.S., it was not as much of a change. My own life, my father's life was not that different. So, I think there was a little bit more of not as much enthusiasm about the future as China, which had the experience of having things change so much within their own lifetime," he said.

Speaking on supply chains, Kelly mentioned that in the new era of technology, China will continue to lead in manufacturing and become more skilled in it, as countless companies take root here, knitting a colossal net that will operate for the next decades.

"China as a country will continue to become the major world manufacturing expert. I don't see anything else happening and I see that China becoming more expert at it. It's an ecosystem. You have that level of power, not because of one company, because of ten companies, because of thousands of companies and suppliers and infrastructure. It's like a rainforest. It's like the Amazon. And so, it took 10 to 20 years to build and it will run for another 10 to 20 years, even if everything else changes, that won't change," Kelly said.

The journalist said as China transforms itself into a smarter manufacturer, like other countries, it is undoubtedly endowed with the significant mass necessary for the emergence of the next world-class company.

"This is the whole thing of bringing AI into the manufacturing process, making it smarter. China won't be the only people doing it. The U.S. is going to do that too. It won't be the only one, but it will be one of the biggest," the writer said.

"I think if I had to make a bet about where it would come, I would bet on China," Kelly said.

China's leadership in AI, manufacturing set to nurture next generation of tech giants: Kevin Kelly

China's leadership in AI, manufacturing set to nurture next generation of tech giants: Kevin Kelly

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WikiLeaks founder wins High Court victory in case against extradition to U.S.

2024-05-21 13:49 Last Updated At:14:07

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday won a victory in his ongoing battle against extradition from the United Kingdom (UK) to the United States, after the High Court in London granted him permission to appeal.

Permission to appeal was to be granted only if the U.S. government was unable to provide the court with suitable assurances that Assange can rely on the First Amendment (free speech) for protection.

The U.S. government had to prove that Assange, who is Australian, will not be prejudiced at trial due to his nationality, and will be afforded the same protections as a U.S. citizen.

The U.S. side also had to provide assurance that Assange would not be sentenced to death if convicted.

According to Assange's legal team, it could be months before the new appeal is heard.

The latest move came after the High Court deferred a decision in March on whether Assange could take his case to another appeal hearing.

Assange supporters cheered at the news of the court's ruling. He was not in court on Monday for health reasons, but those present included his wife Stella Assange.

"The judges reach the right decision. The Untied States should read the situation and drop this case now. Now, it is the moment to do it," said Stella.

"Some people have sacrificed their own freedom for that of all the other people. Some people want to expose the truth, revealing the deeds that are labeled as 'state secrets.' Indeed, it has been proven that the so-called 'state secrets' can be criminal activities, just as Julian Assange and WikiLeaks exposed at that time," said a supporter of Assange.

Assange, 52, is wanted by the U.S. for allegedly disclosing national defense information following WikiLeaks's publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked military documents relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars a decade ago. These included Apache helicopter video footage of the U.S. military gunning down journalists and children in the streets of Baghdad in 2007.

Assange has been held at southeast London's high-security Belmarsh Prison since 2019. The UK approved his extradition to the U.S. in 2022, after a judge had initially blocked it due to concerns over his mental health. Assange and his lawyers have subsequently appealed.

WikiLeaks founder  wins High Court victory in case against extradition to U.S.

WikiLeaks founder wins High Court victory in case against extradition to U.S.

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