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1st service space opens on West Bund

One of the first West Bund Service Spaces on the Huangpu River waterfront in Xuhui District opened to the public over the weekend with a forum discussing technology, sport, food and health.

Xuhui plans to develop a total of 20 such service spaces along the 8.4-kilometer-long waterfront with toilets, resting spaces and mobile phone charging facilities along with bag deposits, events organization and consultation services.

The newly released space, to be a flagship project, is on the fifth and sixth floors of the Shanghai AI Tower, a key site for the city’s plan to become a world “AI Highland.”

The Hui Forum, a popular cultural brand of Xuhui to invite industrial leaders and officials to share the latest information with the public, was held at the space on Saturday.

Speakers included Xing Kechun, senior vice president of Mininglamp, an AI startup based in the building; Shen Kai, sports marketing director of adidas China; and Cui Song, director of cardiology of Shuguang Hospital.

A service center for runners has been developed on the West Bund for running enthusiasts to gather, deposit bags and rent shoes, said Shen. The site near the Long Museum is built with four containers. Coaches will guide training plans and organize running events, he added.

The number of running events across China had increased to over 2,000 in 2019 from only 20 in 2011, Shen said. The center is open between 7am and 9pm in summer, and 8am and 9pm in other months.

Xing introduced the latest artificial intelligence technology developed by the company, and invited the audiences to visit the company’s office on the 31st floor of the building.

An automatic ice-cream machine developed by Xing’s firm has been unveiled at the Raffles City mall at People’s Square. The machine can receive orders and conduct food safety inspections before delivering the product to customers.

“We’ve entered the era of Strong AI which means people are living with intelligent machines,” Xing said.

Additional service spaces are being developed along the riverside. Visitors are expected to find a space every 1,000 meters by the end of 2020.


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