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China focusses on producing AI chips which could be added to any device

In December 2017, China's Ministry of Industry and IT released a 3-year plan with the goal to mass produce neural network processing chips by the end of 2020. The currently available chips such as graphics cards can run AI software, however, their designs are expensive and these cannot be used in smaller devices run on batteries. Computer chips are considered a key for the mass adoption of AI, and China is gearing up its own hardware industry to become a force to reckon with.

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