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China is the saudi arabia of data

China is the saudi arabia of data China is the saudi arabia of data
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But this Chinese commitment to grunt work is also what is laying the groundwork for Chinese leadership in the age of Al implementation. By immersing themselves in the messy details of food delivery, car repairs, shared bikes, and purchases at the corner store, these companies are turning China into the Saudi Arabia of data: a country that suddenly finds itself sitting atop stockpiles of the key re-source that powers this technological era. China has already vaulted far ahead of the United States as the world's largest producer of digital data, a gap that is widening by the day.

As I contended in the first chapter, the invention of deep learning means that we are moving from the age of expertise to the age of data. Training successful deep-learning algorithms requires computing power, technical talent, and lots of data. But of those three, it is the volume of data that will be the most important going forward. That's because once technical talent reaches a certain threshold, it begins to show diminishing returns. Beyond that point, data makes all the difference. Algorithms tuned by an average engineer can out-perform those built by the world's leading experts if the average engineer has access to far more data. But China's data advantage extends from quantity into quality. The country's massive number of Internet users — greater than the United States and all of Europe combined—gives it the quantity of data, but it's then what those users do online that gives it the quality. The nature of China's alternate universe of apps means that the data collected will also be far more useful in building Al-driven companies. Silicon Valley juggernauts are amassing data from your activity on their platforms, but that data concentrates heavily in your online behavior, such as searches made, photos uploaded, YouTube videos watched, and posts 'liked: Chinese companies are instead gathering data from the real world: the what, when, and where of physical purchases, meals, makeovers, and transportation. Deep learning can only optimize what it can "see" by way of data, and China's physically grounded technology ecosystem gives these algorithms many more eyes into the content of our daily lives. As Al begins to "electrify" new industries, China's embrace of the messy details of the real world will give it an edge on Silicon Valley.

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