The Department of Public Policy, CityU arranged a seminar named “The Challenges and Responses of Artificial Intelligence to the Public Management”. The USA, China and the EU have launched strategies and policies to complete for the development opportunities of AI. However, AI also brings a series of public management problems such as employment substitution, etc. This seminar focused on those topics, based on theoretical discussions, international comparisons, combined with cases to analyze and then put forward some new views and understanding. I took a photo with Prof. Richard M. Walker (Chair Professor, Acting Head of POL Dept., CityU).
I also took a photo with guest speaker Prof. Liang Zheng (Professor, School of Public Policy and Management; Deputy Director, China Institute for Science and Technology Policy (CISTP), Tsinghua University).
In the beginning, Prof. Liang Zheng briefed his talk content included i) The development of AI in China; ii) The challenge of AI for public management; iii) Key issues – Data Governance; iv) Key issues – Platform governance; and v) Opinions and recommendations.
Firstly, Prof. Liang mentioned the background of China’s AI strategies included “Made in China 2025” in 2015, “The 13th five-year plan for national science and technology innovation” in 2016 and “Development plan for the new generation artificial intelligence” in 2017. Then he introduced China Institute for Science and Technology Policy (CISTP), Tsinghua University which had involved in the policy study and draft.
Then Prof. Liang compared China and the world on Science and Technology output such as research papers (China is leader on AI research papers with high impact), Patent (China > US > Japan). For international AI talent, China’s AI specialists reached 18,232 (8.9% of the global total), next only to the US (13.9%). However, China has a lower percentage of top talents. He also stated industry development in China had 1011 AI companies by June 2018 but still significantly behind the US which had 2028 companies. Nevertheless, China has the highest venture investment in AI.