China has expanded the number of its artificial intelligence innovation zones to three in total following the launch of a new facility in Shenzhen.
The sign unveiling ceremony for the Shenzhen Artificial Intelligence Innovation Application Advanced Guidance Zone (深圳人工智能创新应用先导区) was held on 14 November.
According to state-owned media the Shenzhen zone will focus on the “nurturing of industry clusters, the promotion of application areas, the establishment of [industry] parks and the establishment of services platforms.”
“Shenzhen possesses a comparatively strong base in the areas of artificial intelligence enterprise clusters, technical research and development, applications deployment and industry eco-system creation,” said Wang Xinzhe (王新哲), chief economist with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
China has already launched two other artificial intelligence innovation zones – one in Shanghai and the other in Shandong-province city of Qingdao.