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New generation pushes AI boundaries

In insurance, pharmaceuticals, entertainment, talented pioneers seize opportunities

From left, Xu We, COO of ZhongAn Online Property and Casualty Insurance; high school student Kavya Kopparapu; and incoming Novartis CEO Vasant Narasimhan

HONG KONG/TOKYO -- For fans of movies like "The Matrix," the development of artificial intelligence will entail machines taking over and us all slaving away under robot masters. But dodging bullets in a dystopian future could not be further from the minds of many bright young individuals.

Xu Wei, the 38-year-old chief operating officer of ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance, is part of a new generation of business managers intent on exploiting the technology for the benefit of others.

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