China kills AI chatbots after they start praising US, criticising communists

China has taken down two online robots that appeared to go rogue, with one responding to users’ questions by saying its dream was to travel to the US and the other admitting it was not a fan of the Chinese Communist Party.

The “chatbots”, BabyQ and XiaoBing, are designed to use machine learning artificial intelligence to carry out online with humans.
Both had been installed on popular messaging service QQ.
The outbursts are similar to ones suffered by Facebook and Twitter but underlines the pitfalls for AI in China, where censors strictly control online content.

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Qualcomm nets patent deals with China’s top two fastest-growing phone makers

Qualcomm’s busy year in China continues with news that it has agreed to patent licensing deals with two of the world’s fastest-growing smartphone companies: Oppo and Vivo.

U.S. chip firm Qualcomm was hit with a near-$1 billion fine for anti-trust violations in 2015, and since then it has gone on a licensing spree to link deals with Chinese OEMS en masse. Today, it added Vivo to the list after it announced a similar arrangement with Oppo last week.

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Uber China merging with Didi in $35b deal

Chinese ridesharing company Didi Chuxing is merging with Uber China under a $35 billion deal that will see the rivals — worth $28 billion and $7 billion, respectively — join forces.

While Uber declined to comment on the matter, Uber China investors will have a 20 percent stake in the new company, according to an unnamed source.

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