Three Chinese technology companies—Sougou, Sinovation Ventures, and Bytedance—have launched a competition called the AI Challenger offering 2 million yuan (US $305,106) in prizes to developers that come up with the best AI systems in any of five categories: English-Chinese simultaneous interpretation, English-Chinese machine translation, scene classification, human skeletal system keypoints detection, and image captioning. The AI challenger has published three datasets to serve as training data for the challenge, including 300,000 images of skeletal system keypoints, over 300,000 images with 1.5 million Chinese captions, and 10 million pairs of conversational language in English and Chinese.
Spurring AI Development Through Competition
Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.