2018/10/01: China's biggest tech firm announced Wednesday that the new business will develop artificial intelligence chips for cloud computing, internet-connected devices and other sectors.
Alibaba's chief technology officer, Jeff Zhang, said the e-commerce company's advantages in algorithms and data put it in "a unique position to lead real technology breakthroughs in disruptive areas, such as quantum and chip technology."
Alibaba (BABA) has previously made several investments in chipmakers. Earlier this year, it bought C-Sky, a Chinese chip design firm.
Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma has been vocal about addressing China's heavy reliance on foreign-made chips.
"The market for chips is controlled by America ... and suddenly if they stop selling, what that means, you understand," Ma told university students in Tokyo in April. "That's why China, Japan and any country — you need core technologies."
Ma's remarks came shortly after the US Commerce Department blocked American companies from selling parts to ZTE (ZTCOF), a Chinese tech company that relied on US suppliers, including chipmakers, to manufacture smartphones and telecommunications equipment.
By repairing old bikes to donate them to the needy, creating a local tool library, turning abandoned land into a skate park and other creative projects, these do-it-yourselfers are building the change they want to see in the world.
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The tech capital of America is smug, overhyped, and kidding itself
Patrick Meier's book, Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response, begins with an impressive seven pages of joyfully laudatory blurbs from a motley crew of professors, think-tank directors, heads of humanitarian organizations, policy advisors and media experts. The book is predicated on the notion that digital, computerized engagement with
Placing the notion of technology within a postgrowth setting is like introducing Conchita Wurst to a Vatican congregation. Not any congregation, but the Papal conclave. Not as a surprise guest to cheer everyone up, but as a serious proposal for the next Holy Father - or in this case: the Holy Trinity of the one, the other, and their unity. Technology? Are you sure? Technology is usually regarded as the dominant means to follow the futile dream of decoupling economic activity from ecological impact thus producing "green" growth - and thus cementing the capitalist, growth-oriented machine, responsible for environmental degradation, productivity increase and workers exploitation, acting as the materialist "perpetuum mobile" spewing out one gadget after the other in order to keep us fixed in our roles as mindless consumers, feeling ever more hollow down to our human core.
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