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2020 World AI Conference to kick off virtually on July 9

Due to COVID-19, this years's WAIC will be held virtually from July 9 to 11. (WAIC official website)

The 2020 World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) is scheduled to take place from July 9 to July 11, according to the Shanghai government's news briefing. The event will be held online due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Its main studio is located in Shanghai, with other studios in the United States, Germany, France and Singapore, each launching live streams. The three-day online exhibition will display the latest AI applications in the areas of medical care, finance, industries, urban management, education and transportation and provide visitors with immersive experiences via 5G, VR and AR technologies.

Around 150 enterprises are expected to participate in the exhibition. In addition to leading enterprises in the AI industry that were participants in last year's exhibition, such as Microsoft, Amazon, Alibaba, Tencent, Huawei and iFlytek, enterprises that have been deepening the application of AI technology such as AstraZeneca, Qualcomm, JD Cloud, and Bank of China are also on the list of exhibitors.

The organizing committee has also invited over 500 luminaries from the AI field around the world, including Turing Award recipients, Nobel laureates, industry leaders and representatives of international organizations.

Last year, the high-profile dialogue between Jack Ma and Elon Musk at the conference attracted much attention. This year, more top scientists and business leaders such as Manuel Blum, winner of the 1995 Turing Award and Robin Li, founder of Baidu, have confirmed their attendance.

They will deliver speeches and share views on hot topics such as the future trends of AI technologies, various AI application scenarios and how AI empowers social and economic development. Frontier AI issues relating to machine learning, brain-inspired intelligence and automatic unmanned systems will also be discussed at the forums.

As a platform for AI exchanges and cooperation, the annual conference hosted by the Shanghai government gathers the most influential AI scientists and entrepreneurs to discuss the development of the AI industry, and is part of the city's efforts to increase its role as an international hub for AI innovation.

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