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When Ahmed Elsaid, an Egyptian university student in Cairo, chose to study Chinese in 2001, it was an act of youthful rebellion against his parents’ wish for him to become a doctor. Armed solely with photocopied textbooks and a handful of books about China, Elsaid embarked on a linguistic journey that would eventually transform into a lifelong career dedicated to cultural exchange between China and the Arab world. But his journey was far from easy. “Learning Chinese is difficult,” said Elsaid, now an Egyptian Sinologist and CEO of the Bayt Al-Hekma Cultural Group. “But the charm of the Chinese language…

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Google has fired 28 employees following a sit-down protest over the tech giant’s contract to provide cloud computing and artificial intelligence services to the Israeli government The terminations come after the group No Tech for Apartheid occupied Google offices in California and New York on Tuesday, April 16, to protest the $1.2bn contract known as Project Nimbus. Video of the demonstrations shared on social media showed police arresting employees in the office of Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian. In a statement on Thursday, Google said that physically impeding employees and preventing them from accessing company facilities was a “clear violation…

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By Zhang Zhouxiang Had a woman surnamed Xu, who has millions of followers on social networking sites, marked a video clip in which she claimed she found a Grade 1 student’s winter holiday homework in a restaurant in Paris, as “fictional”, the story would have made for a good, even laughable, joke. But instead, she claimed the story was real, even fabricating the student’s name, Qin Lang. There were some hiccups when someone cast doubts on Qin’s non-existent school, but Xu kept it going as long as she could, claiming later she had found Qin’s mother so the matter was…

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By Zhao Dong, People’s Daily Since 5G was commercialized in 2019, the number of 5G users around the world has exceeded 1.5 billion, making it an important driving force for high-quality economic and social development. With the continuous iteration of telecommunications technology and emergence of new terminals and business models, 5G-Advanced, also known as 5G-A or 5.5G, has emerged. Combined with new technologies such as Integrated Sensing and Communication (ISAC), passive IoT, and intrinsic intelligence, 5G-A can enhance network performance by 10 times and meet the demands of more complex and diverse application scenarios. Currently, many countries and regions around…

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London-based model Alexsandrah has a twin, but not in the way you’d expect: Her counterpart is made of pixels instead of flesh and blood. The virtual twin was generated by artificial intelligence and has already appeared as a stand-in for the real-life Alexsandrah in a photo shoot. Alexsandrah, who goes by her first name professionally, in turn receives credit and compensation whenever the AI version of herself gets used — just like a human model. Alexsandrah says she and her alter-ego mirror each other “even down to the baby hairs.” And it is yet another example of how AI is…

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By Zhao Yimeng Chinese universities are solidifying their standing in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), according to the 2024 Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings by Subject. Chemistry stands out as the most successful and internationally recognized discipline among mainland universities, with 49 institutions featured in the rankings. Peking University ranks 13th globally, a five-position improvement from last year, and has secured the top spot in the field among mainland universities. Closely following chemistry is biology, with 48 mainland universities represented in the rankings. Tsinghua University surged eight spots to claim 24th place globally and positioned itself…

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Nubia Technology unveiled three artificial intelligence-powered smartphones on Tuesday, April 9, in a bid to grab a slice of the pie in the highly competitive handset market. Nubia’s latest flagship handset Z60 Ultra photographer edition has incorporated AI large language models with an enhanced photography capacity and intelligent voice assistant functionality. Other AI functions include providing two-way, real-time voice and text translations of phone calls. The company rolled out its first foldable smartphone, the Nubia Flip 5G, which is targeted at a younger demographic. Priced from 2,999 yuan ($414.7), the device boasts a 6.9-inch ultra-high-definition flexible display…

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By Li Zhen, People’s Daily Artificial intelligence (AI) education is gaining momentum in China. China’s Ministry of Education (MOE) recently announced a list of 184 primary and secondary schools selected as AI education bases, with the aim of better promoting the development of AI education. Six schools in Beijing were on the list, including Beijing Hongzhi Middle School. “Since 2018, we have been gradually exploring the application of AI technology in our classrooms,” said Cai Lei, principal of Beijing Hongzhi Middle School. Currently, students are benefiting from the fruits of AI applications in many subjects, Cai added. In English classes,…

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