Turing Award Winner Dr. John Hopcroft on Artificial Intelligence at the World Internet Conference

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“The Information Age was a revolutionary era that would change our lives in every aspect,” said Turing Prize winner Dr. John Hopcroft. CGTN’s Tian Wei spoke to the world-renowned scientist as he explained in layman’s terms the theoretical aspects of computing, especially the analysis of algorithms, automata theory and graph algorithms.

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And the 4th World Internet Conference has concluded in Wuzhen town, east China's Zhejiang Province. China will surely create a buzz in the world of information technology, especially artificial intelligence. Can AI technology have a revolutionary impact globally?

In this day and age, leaps and advances in artificial intelligence have led to sophisticated applications such as self-driving cars. AI may just be the next idea whose time has come. AI could step into the spotlight at the Fourth World Internet Conference being held in the town of Wuzhen, in China's eastern Zhejiang Province. Some 1,500 guests, including heads of international organizations, Internet leaders and scholars, took part in the gathering. They all know algorithms are one of the major driving forces of AI. Tian Wei spoke with Turing Prize winning, world-renowned algorithm scientist, Dr. John Hopcroft as he explained in layman's terms the theoretical aspects of computing, especially the analysis of algorithms, automata theory and graph algorithms.

The three-day World Internet Conference brought together hundreds of top Internet and artificial intelligence companies from all over the world. Artificial intelligence is one of the big buzzwords at the high-tech gathering, with many top experts in the field on hand. AI has advanced in leaps and bounds, prompting questions that used to be the stuff of science fiction. Will AI spawn robots and machines smart enough to replace humans? Should humans trust AI applications? Can laws catch up with AI applications, such as self-driving cars and automated weapons? Take a listen to the discussion with Professor Yoav Shoam of the Stanford University Computer Science Department, Zhang Hongjiang, the former CEO of Kingsoft, and Urs Gasser from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.

he 4th World Internet Conference concluded Tuesday in Wuzhen, a scenic town in east China’s Zhejiang Province. Leaders of the world’s tech giants, including Apple’s Tim Cook and Alibaba’s Jack Ma, attended the three-day summit focusing on the digital economy, openness, and online community building. CGTN’s The Point interviewed Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, and LinkedIn’s co-founder Allen Blue respectively about their perspectives on the disruptive technology of AI and its effects on human jobs, relationships, and society.

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