Plans to build a Chinese underwater research base include the implementation of an AI system to govern the facility.
China’s push to artificial intelligence it’s more than obvious. Over the last few years, the Asian country he has made a strong commitment to this field and for all its ramifications. It has not done so in a conceptual sense, from an academic point of view. It has encouraged AI research in both the public and private sectors and, usually, for application purposes.
The Chinese government has a plan to lead the artificial intelligence field by 2030. This is a series of incentives for research and the market. The country anticipates that in 2020 the volume of its AI market will reach 22,000 million dollars. In 2025, 59,000 million will be moved in this sector. To finally reach 2030, when the volume will be measured with the astronomical figure of 150,000 million dollars.
With these perspectives in mind, it is no surprise that China will even undertake the most unusual projects accompanied by artificial intelligence. This is the setting up of the Chinese underwater research base.
These facilities will be governed exclusively by artificial intelligence. This has been pointed out by project managers to the Hong Kong daily South China Morning Post. In statements to this media, these sources also pointed out that the base it would be the first artificial intelligence colony on Earth.
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The truth is that to talk about an artificial intelligence colony is to introduce too futuristic terms. Undoubtedly, this type of language is more a nod to science fiction than an accurate description of what the Chinese submarine base will be like.
Investment in these facilities is expected to $ 160 million. The depth to which it will be set will be between 6,000 and 11,000 metres. It should be remembered that the second figure is in fact the deepest known figure in all oceans, that of the Marian Graves. This scar on the marine crust is located near the South China Sea, which has been the site chosen to establish the base. Although the exact area has not yet been defined.
Everything will be automatic at the Chinese research base. There will be submarines that will go out to explore periodically, in order to collect information on seabed life forms. Data will also be collected on minerals present in the depths. The power supply of the base will be made by cables that will go from the base to a boat or platform.
The installations are another example of how China has decided to rely decisively on robotics. In areas of both depth, such as research, AI offers a path for China. But also in others, of a more everyday nature, such as medical diagnosis in rural populations.
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