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  • The spillover of the US-China trade and technology frictions is adding additional uncertainties to the industry’s future. The Chinese AI industry advanced during the heyday of free academic exchanges, thriving global open-source communities, and free talent flows between the United States and China. The continuation of these elements can no longer be taken for granted going forward.As such, artificial intelligence in China has entered a stage of rationalization and recalibration, leading to greater unpredictability. China’s AI industry is poised at an inflection point. The question of how China’s AI industry will be shaped in the future becomes more significant, yet less visible.
  • One of the natural properties of coffee grounds is that they help eliminate odours – good news for anyone familiar with the smell of well-worn sneakers. And Rens says its shoes are vegan, too.With customers in 57 countries, the firm is about to ramp up production after a successful fundraising campaign. Its coffee collection and shoe-making processes are currently handled in China, but it says it has ambitions to move manufacturing to its founders’ home country of Vietnam.
  • Participants either played anonymously or were informed of the identity of their partner, in which case it was one of their Facebook friends. In addition, they were invited to play either a single game or repeated ones with that partner. To gauge the strength of social ties between a pair of players, the researchers tallied the number of their common friends, shared wall posts and photos in which both were tagged.As expected, the level of trust was highest between partners who knew each other and played repeated games with one another. The second highest level of trust was seen between anonymous players who played repeatedly together. Trust was lowest among anonymous players who partnered only once.
  • The issue of geographical balance has been relevant since 2004, but only since the Lisbon Treaty do we talk of ‘top jobs’. Before, there was the Commission president, the Parliament president and Javier Solana.Since 2009, there are other top jobs, including a beefed-up High Representative as the vice-president of the European Commission and chair of the Foreign Affairs Council, and a permanent President of the European Council.
  • We have a vision, which is to build a fairer capitalism. But we also want to have the tools to reach that vision.What do you hope to achieve on the digital tax, given that there is a US investigation on France’s national digital tax?We want to have effective taxation of internet giants. I made very clear from the very beginning that, as soon as there is an international tax on digital companies, we will withdraw our national tax.Instead of putting sanctions against France, I will urge my American friends to enter into a fair negotiation to find a compromise at the G7 level. I really think that the fact that France has introduced a national tax has led to an acceleration of the process within the OECD.

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