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Shanghai eyes science and tech hub status

City wants to be global destination for AI and smart manufacturing efforts

After burnishing its credentials as a hub for finance and shipping, Shanghai is looking to be a global destination for science and technology efforts by setting up specialised artificial intelligence hubs and stepping up smart manufacturing development.

Indications that the city is fast becoming a national and global highland for AI became evident after 20 tech giants like IBM, Microsoft, Alibaba and a research facility affiliated to Tongji University decided to set up shop in Shanghai’s AIsland, a dedicated hub in the Zhangjiang Science City in Shanghai’s Pudong New Area.

The 66,000-square-metre hub is the latest demonstration of a central government decision in May to launch the Shanghai National Pilot Area for the Innovative Development of New-Generation AI, the first of its kind nationwide.

“AI’s application requires coordinated adaptation to real-life scenarios,” said Xia Yuzhong, who oversees AI and information services at the Science and Economy Commission of Shanghai Pudong New Area.

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