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Narrations of the ChinAI Newsletter by Jeffrey Ding.

China is becoming an indispensable part of the global AI landscape. Alongside the rise of China’s AI capabilities, a surge of Chinese writing and scholarship on AI-related topics is shedding light on a range of fascinating topics, including: China’s grand strategy for advanced technology like AI, the characteristics of key Chinese AI actors (e.g. companies and individual thinkers), and the ethical implications of AI development.

While traditional media and China specialists can provide important insights on these questions through on-the-ground reporting and extensive background knowledge, ChinAI takes a different approach: it bets on the proposition that for many of these issues, the people with the most knowledge and insight are Chinese people themselves who are sharing their insights in Chinese. Through translating articles and documents from government departments, think tanks, traditional media, and newer forms of “self-media,” etc., ChinAI provides a unique look into the intersection between a country that is changing the world and a technology that is doing the same.
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Featured linksAn Ethnic Chinese History of Computer VisionJianxiong XiaoThe Wudaokou Origins of China’s Large Models (ChinAI #232)Do China’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Firms Welcome State Investment?Is Xenophobia on Chinese Social Media Teaching Real-World Hate?Unit X - How the Pentagon and Silicon Valley are Transforming the Future of War Thank you for reading and engaging These are Jeff Ding's (sometimes) weekly translations of Chinese-language musings on AI and related topics. Jeff is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. Check out the archive of all past issues here & please subscribe here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay for a subscription will support access for all). Any suggestions or feedback? Let me know at chinainewsletter@gmail.com or on Twitter at @jjding99 --- First published: July 8th, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-272-long-quan-and-the-early --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO. ---Images from the article:Apple Podcasts and Spotify do not show images in the episode description. Try Pocket Casts, or another podcast app.
Saad Siddiqui and Shao Heng track the evolution of the TC260 standard on genAI security requirements.Featured linksChangelog for TC260 standard — GenAI Security RequirementsSaad SiddiquiInternational Dialogues on AI SafetyChinAI #262Ang Shao HengGeopolitechs newsletter2024 NPC Lecture: AI and China — History, Prospects, Challenges, Strategies and LegislationAI Risk Management Should Incorporate Both Safety and SecurityChina’s Military AI Roadblocks — PRC Perspectives on Technological Challenges to Intelligentized WarfareMicrosoft Bing’s censorship in China is even “more extreme” than Chinese companies Thank you for reading and engaging These are Jeff Ding's (sometimes) weekly translations of Chinese-language musings on AI and related topics. Jeff is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. Check out the archive of all past issues here & please subscribe here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay for a subscription will support access for all). Any suggestions or feedback? Let me know at chinainewsletter@gmail.com or on Twitter at @jjding99 --- First published: July 1st, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-271-key-chinese-ai-standard --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
Featured linksIntelligence Revolution or "Scale" Revolution?Thread on Pentagon’s anti-vax campaign to undermine China’s Sinovac in the PhilippinesTeacher’s PetA price war breaks out among China’s AI-model buildersGovAI Job Opportunities Thank you for reading and engaging These are Jeff Ding's (sometimes) weekly translations of Chinese-language musings on AI and related topics. Jeff is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. Check out the archive of all past issues here & please subscribe here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay for a subscription will support access for all). Any suggestions or feedback? Let me know at chinainewsletter@gmail.com or on Twitter at @jjding99 --- First published: June 17th, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-270-intelligence-revolution --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
Featured linksChinAI #256What is the “mother tongue” of LLMs?The first anonymous Chinese large model arena ranking is releasedCounting down the life and death of a star autonomous driving companyLatest developments in the “Stanford AI team plagiarizes China’s open source model” caseChinAI #199China plans to introduce data property rights systemAfter the (LLM) price war, Zhipu AI has come to the next stop — commercializationBeijing Cultural Review’s “AI: More than just a Technological Revolution” IssueThis AI product has over 100 million users, ranking first in monthly active users…and some people secretly use it to make moneyHow can voice actors whose voices have been stolen by AI keep their jobs?ETO Scout toolNational Data Resource Survey ReportPekingology podcast episodeAdam Nayman’s review Thank you for reading and engaging These are Jeff Ding's (sometimes) weekly translations of Chinese-language musings on AI and related topics. Jeff is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. Check out the archive of all past issues here & please subscribe here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay for a subscription will support access for all). Any suggestions or feedback? Let me know at chinainewsletter@gmail.com or on Twitter at @jjding99 --- First published: June 10th, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-269-around-the-horn-15th-edition --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
Featured linksAWS China, you should lower your pricesAWS China, you should lower your pricesGoldfish MemoriesImport AI 374 - China's military AI dataset; platonic AI; brainlike convnetsOpen-Source Assessments of AI Capabilities: The Proliferation of AI Analysis Tools, Replicating Competitor Models, and the Zhousidun Dataset Thank you for reading and engaging These are Jeff Ding's (sometimes) weekly translations of Chinese-language musings on AI and related topics. Jeff is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. Check out the archive of all past issues here & please subscribe here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay for a subscription will support access for all). Any suggestions or feedback? Let me know at chinainewsletter@gmail.com or on Twitter at @jjding99 --- First published: June 3rd, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-268-aws-china-not-on-cloud --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
Featured linksChinAI #261797 million monthly active followersChinAI #92May 19, 2024International Scientific Report on the Safety of Advanced AI Thank you for reading and engaging These are Jeff Ding's (sometimes) weekly translations of Chinese-language musings on AI and related topics. Jeff is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. Check out the archive of all past issues here & please subscribe here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay for a subscription will support access for all). Any suggestions or feedback? Let me know at chinainewsletter@gmail.com or on Twitter at @jjding99 --- First published: May 27th, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-267-caict-as-key-ai-governance --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
Featured linksAn Ordinary Beijinger’s Thoughts on Interacting with AIThe State of AI Safety in ChinaHow China is using AI news anchors to deliver its propagandaCSET’s policy.ai newsletterChina’s aging tech workers hit by ‘curse of 35’ Thank you for reading and engaging These are Jeff Ding's (sometimes) weekly translations of Chinese-language musings on AI and related topics. Jeff is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. Check out the archive of all past issues here & please subscribe here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay for a subscription will support access for all). Any suggestions or feedback? Let me know at chinainewsletter@gmail.com or on Twitter at @jjding99 --- First published: May 20th, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-266-an-ordinary-beijingers --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
Featured linksHorizon Robotics vs Black SesameNEC Silicon Valley - the Lab that Dragged Chinese Companies into the AI Era (ChinAI #220)5 colleges lose Chinese flagship programs because of Defense Dept. cutsState of AI Safety in China (Concordia AI Spring 2024 Report Launch Event)The Teens Making Friends with AI Chatbots Thank you for reading and engaging These are Jeff Ding's (sometimes) weekly translations of Chinese-language musings on AI and related topics. Jeff is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. Check out the archive of all past issues here & please subscribe here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay for a subscription will support access for all). Any suggestions or feedback? Let me know at chinainewsletter@gmail.com or on Twitter at @jjding99 --- First published: May 13th, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-265-the-race-to-become-chinas --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
Featured linksThe Chinese Computer: A Global History of the Information AgeChina’s Leap into the Information AgeKeep your enemies safer: technical cooperation and transferring nuclear safety and security technologiesChina bets on industrial AITroubling the WaterThe Cloud Under the Sea Thank you for reading and engaging These are Jeff Ding's (sometimes) weekly translations of Chinese-language musings on AI and related topics. Jeff is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. Check out the archive of all past issues here & please subscribe here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay for a subscription will support access for all). Any suggestions or feedback? Let me know at chinainewsletter@gmail.com or on Twitter at @jjding99 --- First published: April 29th, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-263-a-history-of-the-chinese --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
Featured linksCASS Draft AI Law v1.0-to-1.1-to-2.0Saad SiddiquiDigiChina covered this16th Annual GW China ConferenceChina keeps generative AI on simmerThe Global AI Talent Tracker 2.0Future of Humanity Institute 2005-2024: Final Report Thank you for reading and engaging These are Jeff Ding's (sometimes) weekly translations of Chinese-language musings on AI and related topics. Jeff is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. Check out the archive of all past issues here & please subscribe here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay for a subscription will support access for all). Any suggestions or feedback? Let me know at chinainewsletter@gmail.com or on Twitter at @jjding99 --- First published: April 22nd, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-262-expert-draft-ai-law-changelog --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
Featured linksAuthoritative large model AI Safety Benchmark first round results officially releasedChinAI #246Matt SheehanCSET primerFirst Chapter ofThread comparing China’s GenAI model registration data w/ algorithm registryCaijing investigative report Thank you for reading and engaging These are Jeff Ding's (sometimes) weekly translations of Chinese-language musings on AI and related topics. Jeff is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. Check out the archive of all past issues here & please subscribe here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay for a subscription will support access for all). Any suggestions or feedback? Let me know at chinainewsletter@gmail.com or on Twitter at @jjding99 --- First published: April 15th, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-261-first-results-from-caicts --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
Featured linksA guide to online anonymity, from countless momosThe Promise and Perils of China's Regulation of Artificial IntelligenceHigh Wire: How China Regulates Big Tech and Governs Its EconomyDifferences in TC260 standards on GenAI security requirementsChinese Assessments of AI: Risks and Mitigation Strategies Thank you for reading and engaging These are Jeff Ding's (sometimes) weekly translations of Chinese-language musings on AI and related topics. Jeff is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. Check out the archive of all past issues here & please subscribe here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay for a subscription will support access for all). Any suggestions or feedback? Let me know at chinainewsletter@gmail.com or on Twitter at @jjding99 --- First published: April 8th, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-260-why-are-so-many-young --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
Greetings from a world where… ChinAI is now six years old, which means it should be beginning to speak in simple but complete sentences, tell time, and develop a sense of humor, but let's not put too much pressure on it to hit these milestones. After all, all newsletters develop at their own pace. …***Thanks folks for getting the paid subscriptions back up a bit in the past few weeks; if you you’ve valued the output from year six, please consider subscribing here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay support access for all AND compensation for awesome ChinAI contributors). As always, the searchable archive of all past issues is here. The Rise and Fall of Technological Leadership: General-Purpose Technology Diffusion and Economic Power Transitions How do technological revolutions produce economic power transitions? Last week, I tackled this [...] --- First published: March 25th, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-259-year-6-of-chinai-the-rise --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
Greetings from a world where… translation is an art of disappointment …***We’ve hit a bit of a lull in paid subscriptions lately, so please consider subscribing here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay support access for all AND compensation for awesome ChinAI contributors). As always, the searchable archive of all past issues is here. Feature Translation: Did AI kill the translator? Context: This FT Chinese op-ed (link to original Chinese), authored by a translator who draws on her experience doing English-to-Chinese translation work, provides some fascinating insights into the future of translation in the AI age. Key Passages: To jump straight in, I like how she illustrated the differences between ChatGPT and Google Translate for translators. When it comes to content that is complex or has subtle connotations, AI translation will still be incoherent or [...] --- First published: March 18th, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-258-is-translation-already --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
Greetings from a world where… March is mad …***We’ve hit a bit of a lull in paid subscriptions lately, so please consider subscribing here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay support access for all AND compensation for awesome ChinAI contributors). As always, the searchable archive of all past issues is here. Feature Translation: Can Chinese companies make Sora? This Tsinghua large model team gives hope Context: Thanks for exercising your right to vote. In a close contest, the #6 option (link to original jiqizhixin article) won out: How are Chinese companies trying to keep up with Sora? This week we zoom in on Shengshu-AI (生数科技), a Beijing-based generative AI startup that has raised 14 million USD and boasts Jun Zhu (Tsinghua professor who co-directors Tsinghua's AI lab) as chief scientist. There are hopes and expectations that Shengshu [...] --- First published: March 11th, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-257-can-chinese-companies --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
Greetings from a world where… the daikon radish cravings are in full swing …***We’ve hit a bit of a lull in paid subscriptions lately, so please consider subscribing here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay support access for all AND compensation for awesome ChinAI contributors). As always, the searchable archive of all past issues is here. Around the Horn (14th edition) It's been a minute since our last Around the Horn issue (ChinAI #245). For new subscribers, here's a quick refresher: I give short previews of ten articles that could be ChinAI feature translation (all published within the past week or so, with some exceptions). The title for each preview links to the original article in Chinese. Readers pick next week's feature translation by replying to the email and/or commenting on the post with [...] --- First published: March 4th, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-256-around-the-horn-14th-edition --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
Greetings from a world where… policy is policy and businesses is business [政策是政策,生意是生意] …***We’ve hit a bit of a lull in paid subscriptions lately, so please consider subscribing here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay support access for all AND compensation for awesome ChinAI contributors). As always, the searchable archive of all past issues is here. Feature Translation: After the Aug 2022/Oct 2023 controls, how are Chinese companies getting high-end AI chips Context: It's October 20, 2023, and the hottest betting action in Hong Kong (just 60km from the world's top gambling hub in Macau) is on who will get the 300 newly arrived 8-card A100 servers. Total value: 800 million RMB. This is three days after the U.S. extended the scope of export controls on chips to include close substitutes for the NVIDIA A100 (which [...] --- First published: February 26th, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-255-panic-buying-speculative --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
Greetings from a world where… I’m devouring Patrick Keefe's Say Nothing …As always, the searchable archive of all past issues is here. Please please subscribe here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay support access for all AND compensation for awesome ChinAI contributors). Feature Translation: Large Model Security and Ethics Research Report 2024 Context: The past two weeks, we’ve been covering a 76-pg. research report authored by Tencent Research Institute (TRI), Tencent Zhuque lab, Tencent Hunyuan model team, Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School, and Zhejiang University State Key Lab of Blockchain and Data Security. First, we’ll finish up the chapter on best practices for large model security, which features examples of what Tencent is doing in practice to protect its Hunyuan large language model. Then, we’ll look at how these researchers are thinking about value alignment in large [...] --- First published: February 12th, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-254-tencent-res-institute --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
Greetings from a world where… blue-teaming is red-teaming …As always, the searchable archive of all past issues is here. Please please subscribe here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay support access for all AND compensation for awesome ChinAI contributors). Feature Translation: Large Model Safety and Ethics Research Report 2024 Context: At a special forum on January 24, Tencent released a 76-pg. research report on large model security and ethics. In a summary of the report (link to original Chinese), Tencent Research Institute (TRI) directly links value alignment/responsible AI to accelerated innovation in large language models (LLMs). The report consists of five chapters: 1) LLM development trends, 2) opportunities and challenges in LLM security, 3) LLM security frameworks, 4) best practices for large model security, and 5) large model value alignment progress and trends. In the next few [...] --- First published: February 5th, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-253-tencent-research-institute --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
Greetings from a world where… DC had the hottest January temperature ever (80 degrees!) …As always, the searchable archive of all past issues is here. Please please subscribe here to support ChinAI under a Guardian/Wikipedia-style tipping model (everyone gets the same content but those who can pay support access for all AND compensation for awesome ChinAI contributors). Feature Translation: Top 10 Events in China's Internet Governance in 2023 Context: Last year, one of my favorite round-ups was Caijing Elaw's year-end recap of ten key events in China's internet governance. Now that another year is in the books, let's run it back with their top ten events of internet governance in China from 2023 (link to original Chinese). What I really like about Caijing Elaw's approach to these lists is the commentary from subject-matter experts that follow each event. The ten events, in chronological order: National Data [...] --- First published: January 29th, 2024 Source: https://chinai.substack.com/p/chinai-252-the-top-10-events-of-internet --- Narrated by TYPE III AUDIO.
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