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China's AI feeding frenzy leaves gap between hype and reality

Talent shortage and overweening bureaucracy threaten Beijing's ambitions

China is determined to lead the world in AI, but its success is not a foregone conclusion.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- The number of potential board positions in the game of Go is usually estimated at 10172, more than the number of atoms in the universe. So when AlphaGo, a computer program developed by Google, beat a Chinese master of the game in 2017, it created an understandable frenzy of excitement over what artificial intelligence might achieve.

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