What’s driving China’s autonomous vehicle frenzy?
China's autonomous vehicle industry saw a period of unprecedented acceleration in 2021, with over $8.5 billion invested in robotaxi startups, self-driving truck developers and equipment makers.
What Kai-Fu Lee-backed AInnovation tells us about China’s smart manufacturing
The enthusiasm to find paying customers for artificial intelligence continues in China. AInnovation, a Chinese computer vision and machine learning startup backed by Kai-Fu Lee’s Sinovation Vent
Key takeaways from the SOSV Climate Tech Summit
Two weeks ago, 50 founders and investors shared their insights on how the world can tackle the planetary "Code Red" with over 2,000 participants at the inaugural SOSV Climate Tech Summit.
AI luminary Kai-Fu Lee and sci-fi author Chen Qiufan predict the future in ‘AI 2041’
What will an AI-infused world look like in 20 years? Sinovation founder and AI thought leader Kai-Fu Lee and breakout sci-fi author Chen Qiufan (aka Stanley Chen) make an educated guess in "AI 2041."
Kai-Fu Lee and Chen Qiufan will share their vision of our AI-powered future at Disrupt
We’ve had visionary investors onstage before, and we’ve had science fiction authors onstage — but never at the same time, let alone a pair who collaborated on a unique book of stories an
China roundup: Kai-Fu Lee’s first Europe bet, WeRide buys a truck startup
Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. Despite the geopolitical he
Kai-Fu Lee’s Sinovation bets on Linux tablet maker Jingling in $10M round
Kai-Fu Lee’s Sinovation Ventures has its eyes on a niche market targeting software developers. In April, the venture capital fund led a $10 million angel round in Jingling, a Chinese startup dev
Sight Tech Global is live! Join top AI technologists and accessibility innovators to discuss the future of assistive tech
Today and tomorrow, from 8 a.m. PST to 12:30 p.m. PST the first annual, virtual event Sight Tech Global is streaming on TechCrunch. The event looks at how AI-based technologies are rapidly changing th
Here’s the curtain raise on the Sight Tech Global agenda
The goal of Sight Tech Global, a virtual, global event on December 2-3, 2020, is to gather the world’s top experts who are applying advanced technologies, notably AI, to the future of accessibility
Alibaba-backed facial recognition startup Megvii raises $750 million
One of China’s most ambitious artificial intelligence startups, Megvii, more commonly known for its facial recognition brand Face++, announced Wednesday that it has raised $750 million in a Seri
Can there be too much competition between startups?
Competition is the core of capitalism. Competition between companies lowers prices — on average — and ensures that they are forced to innovate lest they lose their markets to others. Competition b
World Economic Forum warns of AI’s potential to worsen global inequality
Tech and political leaders sounded the alarm bell today about the potential for artificial intelligence to exacerbate huge inequalities across the world. The mood music coming out of the World Economi
5 takeaways on the state of AI from Disrupt SF
The promise of artificial intelligence is immense, but the roadmap to achieving those goals still remains unclear. Onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, some of AI’s leading minds shared their thoug
Playing the global game, Sequoia can cut checks for up to $1 billion
As the shadow of SoftBank (and its $100 billion fund) looms large over the investment landscape, Sequoia Capital is pushing the upper limits of the checks it’s willing to write to global growth-
China is beating the US on AI, says noted investor Kai-Fu Lee
America may have created AI, but China is taking the ball and running when it comes to one of the world’s most pivotal technology innovations. That’s according to Kai-Fu Lee, a world-renow
TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 dives deep into artificial intelligence and machine learning
As fields of research, machine learning and artificial intelligence both date back to the 50s. More than half a century later, the disciplines have graduated from the theoretical to practical, real wo
The five best reasons you don’t want to miss Disrupt SF this September
TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF (Sept. 5-7) is our most ambitious event ever. And if we’re sure of one thing, it’s that people in the startup scene will extract more insights and inspiration
Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is coming to Disrupt SF to talk about how AI will eat everything, especially jobs
At our upcoming TechCrunch Disrupt SF (September 5-7), TechCrunch committed to go deep on artificial intelligence, and we’re pleased to announce a speaker who has few peers in that realm as a te
Is America’s national security Facebook and Google’s problem?
Jamie Metzl Contributor Share on Twitter Jamie Metzl is a futurist and the author of Hacking Darwin: Genetic Enhancement and the Future of Humanity. More posts by this contributor Ten steps to prepare
Sinovation Ventures’ Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is betting big on artificial intelligence
Given that Sinovation Ventures founder Dr. Kai-Fu Lee has around 50 million followers on Chinese social networks, he has become an oracle when it comes to predicting the future of tech in China. Kai-F