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China In Midst of AI Talent Boom, Turing Award Recipient Says


John Hopcroft at the Peking University Emerging Engineering International Forum

The freshmen class at Peking University "is stronger than the incoming classes at Berkeley, Stanford, or Cornell," says Turing Award recipient John Hopcroft.

Credit: Zhang Dan / Global Times

The number of people involved in artificial intelligence in China has increased enormously thanks to the government's commitment to developing the booming sector and the considerable value placed on higher education, but it may take another five years for China's AI to really come up to world standards, says John Hopcroft, a Turing Award recipient, Professor at Cornell University, and Visiting Chair Professor of Peking University.

While the U.S. government's acrimony with China has increasingly spread to the technology sector, Hopcroft frowns upon the term "technology cold war."

"China is going to be a strong economic competitor. We've got to increase our competition," he says. "It's not a fight."

"China is going to become the dominant economic power in the world eventually, because you have four times the population of the U.S. The U.S. should be figuring out how we should work with China," Hopcroft says.

From Global Times
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