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Getting an MBBS degree from a reputed university is every medical student’s dream.Moreover, the fee structure for medical colleges abroad is flexible and there are no donations or capitation fees charged, unlike our Universities.The admissions are based on intermediate marks and first come, first served basis.The city also has great career opportunities and an arena of possibilities in the medical field.Benefits of Studying at Capital Medical UniversityThe University offers world-renowned facilities in medical research and training.
On May 28, the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI) released the “Beijing AI Principles,” an outline to guide the research and development, implementation, and governance of AI.Endorsed by Peking University; Tsinghua University; the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Automation and Institute of Computing Technology; and companies such as Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent, the principles are the latest global entry in a long list of statements about what AI is and should be.On the surface, a bland and unsurprising take on AI ethics, the document actually pushes forward the global discussion on what AI should look like.Instead of fluffy, feel-good utterances we can all agree on, the global AI community needs to go beyond just words and give us concrete examples of how AI can represent our highest values.October 3, 2017: DeepMind, developers of AlphaGo and AlphaZero, releases “Ethics & Society Principles.”April 9, 2018: OpenAI, a non-profit founded by Elon Musk and Sam Altman, publishes its Charter, in English and Chinese
Successful new field tests of a continuous-variable quantum key distribution (CV-QKD) system over commercial fiber networks could pave the way to its use in metropolitan areas.That is the key achievement from a joint team of Chinese scientists, published today in Quantum Science and Technology, which demonstrates CV-QKD transmission over commercial deployed fiber link with a distance of 50 kilometres.Team leader and lead author, Prof. Hong Guo, from a joint team of Peking University and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (PKU-BUPT joint team), Beijing, said: "CV-QKD provides, in principle, unconditional secret keys to protect people's data - such as banking information, emails and passwords."It has attracted much attention in the past few years, because it uses standard telecom components that operate at room temperature, instead of specific quantum devices such as single photon detectors etc, and it has potentially much higher secret key rates.However, most previous long-distance CV-QKD demonstrations were only done in laboratory fiber, without the disturbances caused by the field environment."Lead authors Dr. Yichen Zhang and Prof. Song Yu, from the PKU-BUPT joint team, Beijing, said: "There are several challenges to bringing a practical CV-QKD system from a laboratory setup to the real world.
For a founder building a consumer-facing business, overseas Chinese students might just be one of the most coveted targets: they’re young, well educated and have access to the ‘bank’ of mom and dad.This is a large addressable audience since millions of Chinese families send their children out West to study every year.Tuition and living costs can easily add up to $50,000 annually at a top-tier university in the United States, which is still many Chinese people’s favored destination despite heightened tensions between the two countries.The notion that all overseas Chinese students are rich isn’t always true, as more mid-income parents are willing to compromise their living standards for what they perceive as a “better” education their children can obtain overseas.Easy Transfer, which was co-founded in 2013 by then 19-year-old Tony Gao, lives up to its name by taking the hassle out of processing tuition payments for Chinese students studying abroad.The IDG-backed startup crossed an impressive $776 million in transaction volume in 2018, the same year that it broke even, Gao told TechCrunch in a recent interview.
What happened: Bytedance has officially launched its K-12 online education platform Dali Ketang, media outlet 36Kr reported.The platform is currently offering primary school mathematics courses and junior high Chinese classes for the upcoming summer vacation.The company says it only hires Peking University and Tsinghua University—the top two universities in China—graduates as teachers.Bytedance reportedly acquired another online education platform named Qingbei Wangxiao to facilitate the development of Dali Ketang.Why it’s important: The relatively late market entry puts Dali Ketang at a severe disadvantage in the online education market, where there are several heavyweights such as Xueersi and Yuan Fudao.Following English tutoring platform Gogokid and foreign teacher live-streaming platform aiKID, Dali Ketang is Bytedance’s third major push into the online education market.
A star student from a China’s top university who is suspected of killing his mother was detained by police at a Chongqing airport on April 20 after being identified by surveillance equipment using facial recognition technology, reported Chinese media on Saturday.A former economics student at the renowned Peking University, 25-year-old Wu Xieyu had been in hiding for more than three years using a number of fake IDs.Fewer than 10 minutes after he appeared at the airport, the police approached him, The Paper reported, citing one of Wu’s friends.According to an announcement released in September, the updated system communicates in real time with a police database, and sends warnings immediately following an identification.A Cloudwalk spokesman declined to comment when contacted by TechNode on Sunday.In a report (in Chinese) from media outlet QbitAI in December 2017, Cloudwalk spokesman Lan Tianyi said its AI security system had helped the Chongqing police capture “hundreds of suspects.” The company also said that it won contracts from more than 60 airports in major Chinese cities, including Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, and Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, both in central China.
The Chinese investment market is expected to revive with relatively sufficient liquidity in the next two to three years after the current capital market downturn run its course.“In the next two to three years—speaking generally—I think maintaining stable economic growth will be the priority of the Chinese government,” said Se Yan, an associate professor at the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, in a phone interview with China Money Network last week.At the same time, the Chinese government pledged to cut business and personal taxes by RMB 1.3 trillion ($194 billion) in 2019, 18.18% more than RMB 1.1 trillion of tax cuts in 2018.“Chinese tax cut policies, particularly the reduction of VAT and social security contribution rates, will primarily help SMEs, especially those in the manufacturing sector.Se Yan is an associate professor at the Guanghua School of Management of Peking University, and deputy director of Institute of Economic Policy Research, Peking University.He leads IEPR-PKU, where he frequently provides consulting services to the Communist Party of China’s central office, the State Council, Chinese central bank and other government sections.
Chinese short video app Kuaishou on Tuesday launched its new research arm, Kuaishou Social Impact Institute, that will explore the potential of internet technology in alleviating poverty.The institute was established in partnership with academic institutions including Oxford University, Tsinghua University, and Peking University.The company said rural users of the short video app, which now has 160 million daily active users (DAUs), generated around $2.8 billion in revenue in 2018.Overall, 16 million users have earned an income on the platform.“We do our best to lower the technology threshold and allow more ordinary people to record and share their stories through short video streaming,” said Chen Sinuo, vice president of Kuaishou.Chen added, “through AI algorithms, we managed to more precisely match them [rural users] with others who share the same interests and hobbies.”
Huawei's lawsuit against the US government is a bold gamble that will either backfire or prove claims about the Chinese firm are unfounded.The company has been embattled with the US for many years but has recently come under increased pressure ahead of 5G rollouts.Huawei filed a lawsuit against the US government earlier this month for what it called ‘unconstitutional’ treatment.The US has been pressuring its allies not to use equipment from Huawei citing national security concerns that Beijing could request the firm to conduct surveillance.Huawei has denied these allegations, and an official argued last year the firm would not be complicit in such activities as being caught even once would be terminal for its global business.The US is yet to make any evidence about Huawei public, which has led some to wonder if any exists or whether the claims are part of the wider ‘trade war’ against China from the Trump Administration.
This Research Topic will highlight the most recent advances and perspectives of all kinds of artificial intelligence technologies used to accelerate and improve pharmaceutical R"Artificial intelligence is rapidly propagating into life sciences resulting in a wave of academic publications in the field of AI-powered drug discovery, a plethora of startups developing new strategies and pursuing innovative business models to transform pharmaceutical research and development."The integration of machine learning with ever-more extensive biological data-sets promises to accelerate advancement in the field of human health in an unprecedented manner, not least to assist in tackling the 'failure to fail' in current drug development pipelines, previously highlighted by our Translational Pharmacology section Chief Editor Prof Alastair Stewart.We in Frontiers in Pharmacology are excited to partner with Dr. Zhavoronkov and Dr. Pei, to develop a broad-scope, open-access article collection aiming to reflect and catalyze leading-edge developments in this field globally," said Brian Boyle, Journal Development Manager, Frontiers in Pharmacology Journal.With 1.4 billion people and the government push for innovative medicines, China is expected to become the major force in the pharmaceutical industry."We are very happy to partner with the leading scientist in China and globally, Dr. Jianfeng Pei of the Peking University on this research topic and welcome scientists from all over the world to collaborate and contribute to it", said Alex Zhavoronkov, Ph.D., Founder, and CEO of Insilico Medicine, Inc.The Research Topic covers new AI algorithms and (or) applications in a wide range of areas such as drug target identification, systems biology, pharmacogenomics, network pharmacology, chemical property prediction, synthesis planning, molecular design and generation, protein-ligand interaction, drug-target interaction network, drug-related knowledge graphs, big data analysis for drug information, and image recognition.
Browse Chinese e-commerce site Taobao long enough, and you’ll come across any number of strange things—including the recent trend of hiring “praise givers.”For a wide range of prices, users on messaging platform WeChat can hire a group of “professional praisers” to throw complimentary messages at a person of their choice for a prearranged amount of time.One Taobao seller’s page features a screenshot of an apparently satisfied customer’s post, including the line “spent [RMB] 40 for one hour of happiness.” A sample of service contains compliments from “That’s awesome” to “Remember to contribute to a sperm bank, I hope my child is as excellent as you” (our translation).Another shop advertises a premium product: praise givers who are humanities students from top schools, such as Peking University, Tsinghua University, Fudan and Shanghai Jiaotong.It charges RMB 80 for five minutes of nonstop compliments.Based on Baidu’s search index, the rise in popularity of “praise groups” has been sudden.
The steady improvement of the performance and versatility of our electronic systems is due in large part to the scaling-down of transistors and interconnects that drive them.UC Santa Barbara doctoral student Junkai Jiang is one of those people, and for his work he has been awarded a prestigious Ph.D. Student Fellowship from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Electron Devices Society (EDS).Junkai's achievements in his research are certainly most deserving of this honor."Jiang joined Banerjee's Nanoelectronics Research Lab (NRL) in 2012 as a dual M.S./Ph.D."I am extremely honored to receive this prestigious award from the IEEE Electron Devices Society that recognizes technological innovations by young Ph.D. student researchers," Jiang said."Being the only student from the entire Americas and the third student from the NRL at UC Santa Barbara to receive this award, I would like to especially thank my advisor, Professor Kaustav Banerjee, not only for his constant encouragement and support, but also for his inspirational guidance to identify and pursue cutting-edge research of the highest caliber, which helped me to progress steadily during the past several years of my doctoral research."
Protein dynamics are essential for their functions.Dynamics of these large protein nanomachines of more than megadalton molecular weight are refractory to structural analysis by existing technology like X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), an emerging technology for high-resolution structure determination, has potential to visualize dynamics of large protein nanomachines, but the existing cryo-EM reconstructions of highly dynamic structures have been limited to moderate to low resolution.Now, a team of biophysicists from Peking University, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School have used cryo-EM to visualize atomic-level dynamics of the 2.5-megadalton proteasome, the largest known protein-degrading machine in eukaryotic cells, during its chemo-mechanical action on a protein substrate."This work paves the way to study thermodynamics of megadalton nanomachines at atomic precision far away from equilibrium" said Youdong Mao, a biophysicist and corresponding author on a new breakthrough paper published in the first issue of the journal Nature in 2019.UPS is involved in arguably all cellular processes, such as cell cycle, gene expression regulation and so on.
With long lines of disgruntled customers outside Ofo’s Beijing office looking for refunds, sexual and physical assaults inside Didi’s cars, and the veil pulled away from Mobike’s numbers, 2018 saw the rubber hit the proverbial road.Before 2012—when Didi and Kuaidi were both founded—getting around in a Chinese city was not easy.The intrepid intracity traveler had various options: bus, subway, cab, or unlicensed and illegal private cars (heiche, literally “black cars”).Hailing a cab required a certain finesse as well as an utter lack of regard for other commuters as everyone jockeyed for position on the road; cab drivers, for their part, cared little for fairness, only concerning themselves with the direction and duration of the ride.Black cabs were even worse: overpriced and potentially dangerous.It wasn’t until a good Samaritan gave us a ride to a busier road that we were able to find a cab home.
But a shortage of top-notch talent and schools, along with the simmering trade war between the US and China, have clouded its prospects in the short term, according to analysts.It said China aims for the bay area to deepen high-tech cooperation between Guangdong province, Hong Kong and Macau by pooling resources and promoting policies that foster innovation.In addition, the bay area will focus on improving the commercial application of new technological achievements and becoming a major source of emerging industries.“Whether China’s technological ambition can be realized will largely depend on investment in basic research,” said Ouyang Liangyi, an associate professor at Peking University HSBC Business School.“Most of China’s technological innovations are application-oriented, which needs support from foreign suppliers, in areas such as chips … the development of the underlying technology is decided by the entire environment, not something that the Great Bay Area alone can change.”The country has been trying to reduce its dependency on imported technology by developing its own.
Secondhand goods are probably the last thing that come to mind when discussing frontiers in Chinese tech.As conglomerates like Alibaba and JD rush to pour hundreds of millions into AI-driven pig farms and while President Xi Jinping calls for China to realize a toilet revolution that will replace the traditional hole in the ground with multifunctional bidets, recycling used products is a concept that many Zhongguancun entrepreneurs are unlikely to find exciting or profitable.More to the point, recycled goods would seem to have little traction with the typical Chinese consumer, who is often generalized as voracious, status-oriented and thus drawn to brand prestige.With such an unyielding hunger for luxury, it is safe to assume these urbanites would be ashamed to even consider buying secondhand goods.“[Chinese] media gives a distorted picture of consumer trends in China,” says 28-year old Yang Yuhuan, COO of Yuelin, a Beijing-based startup that is currently focused on China’s secondhand book market.“They too often forget the majority of the population is living in second- and third-tier cities.”
Despite being the most advanced quantum technology, secure encryption of information units based on a method called quantum key distribution (QKD) is currently limited by the channel's capacity to send or share secret bits.In a recent study published in EPJ D, Gan Wang, who is affiliated with both Peking University, Bejing, China, and the University of York, UK, and colleagues show how to better approach the secret key capacity by improving the channel's lower boundary.The secure encryption of information units based on a method called quantum key distribution (QKD) involves distributing secret keys between two parties - namely, Alice, the sender, and Bob, the receiver - by using quantum systems as information carriers.However, the most advanced quantum technology, QKD, is currently limited by the channel's capacity to send or share secret bits.The first stage of a QKD transmission is monitored by an eavesdropper, named Eve, as Alice and Bob share a raw key.However, Eve does not have access to a perfect copy of the signals sent by Alice due to quantum rules.
Being watched by facial recognition cameras while walking around schools is not a scenario out of science fiction anymore.Lockport City schools have been installing a facial recognition-enabled system that will supposedly detect dangerous people on campus – and alert the police.Schools in Broward County are adding a surveillance system that can supposedly recognize unusual behavior (though not with facial recognition).There are deep concerns about how much tracking these systems do, the impact on privacy, what it means for the rights of the students being watched, and the security of the data generated.In schools across China, facial recognition cameras are being installed in gates, canteens and even classrooms to watch over students.But it’s said to be less about preventing crime and more about helping schools and teachers manage students.
Polish authorities arrested an unnamed Chinese executive on Tuesday.The Huawei exec, identified in the Polish and Chinese press as Weijing W. or “Stanislaw Wang,” is charged with spying but details of the allegations have not yet been made public.Weijing W.’s face has been blurred out of news reports in Poland and China, but the executive was pictured representing Huawei at a conference in 2017.According to an English translation of a Polish news report, Weijing W. studied Polish at the Peking University of Foreign Studies and was hired by Huawei in 2006.He reportedly became the sales director of Huawei in Poland sometime in 2017 with an emphasis on sales “in the public sector.”Polish media reports that a former high-ranking intelligence official in Poland was also arrested on Tuesday.