Alibaba claims their artificial intelligence model has bested humans for the first time in the world’s premiere machine reading-comprehension test, paving the way for more advanced consumer facing AI. WHICH-50 Reader Survey: Help us improve Which-50 by taking our annual reader survey. You can also win prizes including Google Home,

Alibaba AI Labs, which leads the development of Alibaba’s consumer AI products, and semiconductor company MediaTek, have announced a strategic collaboration in IoT initiatives including smart home protocols, customised IoT chips and AI smart hardware, with the aim of fostering the development of a connected world in the IoT era.

Alibaba has teamed up with BMW to develop a range of “digitalised experiences for the car and home” for all new BMW models sold in China from the first half of 2018. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter With the collaboration, Alibaba will help the automaker integrate smart speakers

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by Paul Shetler and Marcelo Silva This is the final installment of the China Digital Playbook, an ongoing series authored by digital transformation experts Marcelo Silva and Paul Shetler. Chinese digital competition has grown enormously over the last decade, and looks likely to kick into exponential pace. That means that

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Alipay has launched its “Double 12” Global Shopping Festival in Australia for the first time in partnership with Westfield. Less well known than Double 11 or Singles’ Day, Double 12 could also be big business for Australian retailers. Held annually on the 12th of December, Double 12 is Alipay’s flagship

Alibaba and Ford will work together in the areas of connectivity, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, mobility services and digital marketing. They will jointly identify new opportunities to redefine consumer retail experiences and explore solutions for sustainable mobility. The parties revealed last week that they have signed a letter of intent.

Australian tea retailer T2 Tea has opened an online storefront on Alibaba’s Tmall Global marketplace to cash in on Chinese demand for Australian products. Tmall Global enables international brands to sell to Chinese consumers online, simplifying the export and retail process. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter A curated

Alibaba and Tencent are already well known names in the world of global ecommerce. However the Chinese ecommerce sector is set to have an even more dramatic impact on the global economy as businesses which grew by meeting huge internal demand start to turn their focus outwards. Sign up for

After almost two decades dabbling in ecommerce, buying groceries online is now a $1 billion business for both Coles and Woolworths. But even with the supermarket giants enjoying five years of double-digit growth, the sector is still underdeveloped. Online shopping represents an estimated 2.8 per cent of the $108 billion

by Paul Shetler and Marcelo Silva Less well-known than their Silicon Valley counterparts, China’s digital disruptors are no less ambitious. To help businesses better understand the size of the opportunity, Which-50 is publishing the China Digital Playbook, an ongoing series authored by digital transformation experts Marcelo Silva and Paul Shetler.