Further plans for China to incorporate A.I. in industry doesn't stop at health care. Edith Yeung, the head of 500 Startups in China, and the creator of The Chinese Internet Report, talked to CNBC about how it can also help farmers.
"Chinese food safety is a big issue, so you see, you know, Tencent and Alibaba both partner up with farmers to actually build the so-called A.I. pig, and chicken, to literally use IOT (the internet of things) devices to keep track of the vital signs, on pigs that we will eat, and make sure that food is safe. So, there are so many fun examples,'' she told CNBC.
Alin Iftemi, the chief technology officer at Modex, in charge of blockchain and A.I. research and development, told CNBC that the Alibaba use case is an interesting one. But he added that the are many other better examples of how A.I. and the blockchain can help farming. "Alibaba is focused on animal protection because the algorithm can predict eventual disease for the animals. But A.I. can drastically improve the agriculture costs in poor rural China in more ways," he told CNBC via email.
"For example, image processing A.I. algorithms can help drones determine affected harvests, low or high humidity areas and automatically trigger on the spot repair actions from devices like drones. Instead of wasting pesticides or water for an entire field, A.I. helps farmers use only how much is required, where it's required," he added.