Berkeley China Summit 2019 explores technological impact on modern life

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-07 06:47:14|Editor: ZX
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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Berkeley China Summit 2019 opened Sunday at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) to explore potential impact of technology on various aspects of modern life, including culture, media and business.

The day-long on-campus conference drew a host of prominent speakers, including 2013 Nobel laureate Randy Schekman and senior executives from big tech companies, to talk on topics ranging from artificial intelligence (AI), computing, engineering to entrepreneurship, as well as their impact on innovation, media, entertainment and transportation.

Chinese Deputy Consul General in San Francisco Ren Faqiang said in his opening remarks that UC Berkeley has played an exemplary role in promoting China-U.S. relations over the past years.

Citing China's huge market, he said, "Choosing China and investing in China means choosing opportunities."

California State Assembly member Phil Ting said UC Berkeley has historically had an extraordinarily positive relationship with China.

China is California's third largest trade partner, and California has exported billions of U.S. dollars of products to China this year, which reflects the mutually beneficial relationship between the two sides, Ting said.

Tsu-Jae King Liu, dean of the College of Engineering of UC Berkeley, delivered a keynote speech titled "Engineering Leadership in a Globally Connected Society," and expounded on technological innovation and creation of knowledge.

"All I'm keeping in mind is that we are serving the greater good of a diverse society, a global society," she said.

She cited Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute as a good example of UC Berkeley's cooperation with China.

"International partnerships...are good ways to allow not only our students and faculty to develop intellectual proficiency, but also are really important to develop inter-cultural competency," said the UC Berkeley scientist.