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Chinese colleges to offer AI major in challenge to US

35 universities to nurture talent crucial for self-driving and other tech

Chinese AI solutions maker Horizon Robotics demonstrates human motion analysis software at an exhibition in Beijing. Influential research and development in AI increasingly comes from China.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Artificial intelligence will become an undergraduate major at 35 universities in China, as the country charges ahead with its ambition to rival the U.S. in the field by 2020.

The Education Ministry's approval of the program comes as China grapples with growing domestic demand for AI talent and a heated race with the U.S. to become the future powerhouse of AI-related technologies.

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