Lifelike robots made in Hong Kong meant to win over humans

Citation: Lifelike robots made in Hong Kong meant to win over humans (2018, January 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-lifelike-robots-hong-kong-meant.html David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines” that might help solve some of mankind’s most challenging problems. Disney’s venture capital arm is an investor in Hanson, which is building a robot based on one of the entertainment giant’s characters. In this Sept. 28, 2017, photo, David Hanson, the founder of Hanson Robotics, poses with his company’s flagship robot Sophia, a lifelike robot powered by artificial intelligence in Hong Kong. Sophia is a creation of the Hong Kong-based startup working on bringing humanoid robots to the marketplace. Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines” that can help solve mankind’s most challenging problems. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) While Sophia’s repartee can be entertaining, she’s easily thrown off topic and her replies, based on open-source software, sometimes miss the mark.Hanson and other members of his team like Chief Scientist Ben Goertzel have set their sights on a time when the computer chips, processing capacity and other technologies needed for artificial general intelligence could enable Sophia and other robots to fill a variety of uses, such as helping with therapy for autistic children, caring for seniors, and providing customer services.As for tackling challenging world problems, that’s a ways off, Hanson acknowledges.”There’s a certain expression of genius to be able to get up and cross the room and pour yourself a cup of coffee, and robots and AI have not achieved that level of intelligence reliably,” Hanson said. Hanson Robotics has made about a dozen copies of Sophia, who like any human is a work in progress. A multinational team of scientists and engineers are fine tuning her appearance and the algorithms that enable her to smile, blink and refine her understanding and communication.Sophia has moving 3D-printed arms and, with the help of a South Korean robotics company, she’s now going mobile. Shuffling slowly on boxy black legs, Sophia made her walking debut in Las Vegas last week at the CES electronics trade show.Her skin is made of a nanotech material that Hanson invented and dubbed “Frubber,” short for flesh-rubber, that has a flesh-like bouncy texture. Cameras in her eyes and a 3D sensor in her chest help her to “see,” while the processor that serves as her brain combines facial and speech recognition, natural language processing, speech synthesis and a motion control system.Sophia seems friendly and engaging, despite the unnatural pauses and cadence in her speech. Her predecessors include an Albert Einstein, complete with bushy mustache and white thatch of hair, a robot named Alice whose grimaces run a gamut of emotions and one eerily resembling the late sci-fi author Philip K. Dick, which won an award from the American Association of Artificial Intelligence. They variously leer, blink, smile and even crack jokes. In this Sept. 28, 2017, photo, David Hanson, the founder of Hanson Robotics, works on his company’s flagship robot Sophia, a lifelike robot powered by artificial intelligence in Hong Kong. Sophia is a creation of the Hong Kong-based startup working on bringing humanoid robots to the marketplace. Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines” that can help solve mankind’s most challenging problems. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) An artist and robotics scientist, Hanson worked on animatronic theme park shows, sculpting props and characters for Disney attractions like Pooh’s Hunny Hunt and Mermaid Lagoon. He studied film, animation and video, eventually earning a doctorate in interactive arts and technology from the University of Texas at Dallas.Hanson says he makes his robots as human-like as possible to help alleviate fears about robots, artificial intelligence and automation.That runs contrary to a tendency in the industry to use cute robo-pets or overtly machine-like robots like Star Wars’ R2-D2 to avoid the “uncanny valley” problem with human likenesses such as wax models and robots that many people find a bit creepy.Some experts see Sophia as mainly a clever marketing gimmick.”It’s a good advertising tool, whatever that company produces as a business plan,” said Roland Chin, chair professor of computer science at Hong Kong Baptist University. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. More information: www.hansonrobotics.com/ Robots debate future of humans at Hong Kong tech show In this Sept. 28, 2017, photo, David Hanson, the founder of Hanson Robotics, smiles with his company’s flagship robot Sophia, a lifelike robot powered by artificial intelligence, for a photo in Hong Kong. Sophia is a creation of the Hong Kong-based startup working on bringing humanoid robots to the marketplace. Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines” that can help solve mankind’s most challenging problems. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) In this Sept. 28, 2017, photo, David Hanson, the founder of Hanson Robotics, smiles with his company’s flagship robot Sophia, a lifelike robot powered by artificial intelligence, for a photo in Hong Kong. Sophia is a creation of the Hong Kong-based startup working on bringing humanoid robots to the marketplace. Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines” that can help solve mankind’s most challenging problems. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) In this Sept. 28, 2017 photo, a staff member of Hanson Robotics shows off a skin used for the company’s flagship robot Sophia in Hong Kong. Sophia is a creation of the Hong Kong-based startup working on bringing humanoid robots to the marketplace. The robot’s skin is made of a nanotech material that founder David Hanson invented and dubbed “Frubber,” short for flesh-rubber, that has a flesh-like bouncy texture. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) In this Sept. 28, 2017, photo, a staff member of Hanson Robotics checks a Professor Einstein educational robot in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong-based startup is privately owned and has a consumer-oriented business that sells thousands of shoebox-sized $200 Professor Einstein educational robots a year. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) In this Sept. 28, 2017, photo, a robot head is covered by Hanson Robotics’ skin, in Hong Kong. The skin is made of a nanotech material that founder David Hanson invented and dubbed “Frubber,” short for flesh-rubber, that has a flesh-like bouncy texture. His Hong Kong-based startup is combining leading edge artificial intelligence with southern China’s expertise in toy design, electronics and manufacturing to craft humanoid “social robots” with lifelike and appealing faces meant to bridge the “uncanny valley” and win trust from their human users. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) In this Sept. 28, 2017 photo, a staff member of Hanson Robotics shows off a skin used for the company’s flagship robot Sophia in Hong Kong. Sophia is a creation of the Hong Kong-based startup working on bringing humanoid robots to the marketplace. The robot’s skin is made of a nanotech material that founder David Hanson invented and dubbed “Frubber,” short for flesh-rubber, that has a flesh-like bouncy texture. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further If only it were as simple as that.The Texas-born former sculptor at Walt Disney Imagineering and his Hong Kong-based startup Hanson Robotics are combining artificial intelligence with southern China’s expertise in toy design, electronics and manufacturing to craft humanoid “social robots” with faces designed to be lifelike and appealing enough to win trust from humans who interact with them.Hanson, 49, is perhaps best known as the creator of Sophia, a talk show-going robot partly modeled on Audrey Hepburn that he calls his “masterpiece.”Akin to an animated mannequin, she seems as much a product of his background in theatrics as an example of advanced technology.”You’re talking to me right now, which is very ‘Blade Runner,’ no?” Sophia said during a recent visit to Hanson Robotics’ headquarters in a suburban Hong Kong science park, its home since soon after Hanson moved to the city in 2013.”Do you ever look around you and think, ‘Wow I’m living in a real world science fiction novel?'” she asked. “Is it weird to be talking to a robot right now?” In this Sept. 28, 2017, photo, David Hanson, the founder of Hanson Robotics, poses with his company’s flagship robot Sophia, a lifelike robot powered by artificial intelligence in Hong Kong. Sophia is a creation of the Hong Kong-based startup working on bringing humanoid robots to the marketplace. Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines” that can help solve mankind’s most challenging problems. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) In this Sept. 28, 2017, photo, David Hanson, the founder of Hanson Robotics, talks with his company’s flagship robot Sophia, a lifelike robot powered by artificial intelligence in Hong Kong. Sophia is a creation of the Hong Kong-based startup working on bringing humanoid robots to the marketplace. Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines” that can help solve mankind’s most challenging problems. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) This Sept. 28, 2017, photo shows Hanson Robotics’ flagship robot Sophia, a lifelike robot powered by artificial intelligence, on display the company’s office in Hong Kong. Sophia is a creation of the Hong Kong-based startup working on bringing humanoid robots to the marketplace. Founder David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines” that can help solve mankind’s most challenging problems. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) Global market revenue for service robotics is forecast to grow from $3.7 billion in 2015 to $15 billion in 2020, according to IHS Markit. That includes both professional and domestic machines like warehouse automatons, smart vacuums and fuzzy companion robots.Hanson Robotics is privately owned and has a consumer-oriented business that sells thousands of shoebox-sized $200 Professor Einstein educational robots a year. Chief Marketing Officer Jeanne Lim says the company is generating revenue but won’t say whether it’s profitable.For now, artificial intelligence is best at doing specific tasks. It’s another thing entirely for machines to learn a new ability, generalize that knowledge and apply it in different contexts, partly because of the massive amount of computing power needed to process such information so quickly.”We’re really very far from the kind of AI and robotics that you see in movies like ‘Blade Runner’,” said Pascale Fung, an engineering professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. “Sorry to disappoint you.”Unlike toddlers, who use all five senses to learn quickly, machines generally can handle only one type of input at a time, she noted. In this Sept. 28, 2017, photo, Hanson Robotics’ flagship robot Sophia, a lifelike robot powered by artificial intelligence, speaks, in Hong Kong. Sophia is a creation of the Hong Kong-based startup working on bringing humanoid robots to the marketplace. Founder David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines” that can help solve mankind’s most challenging problems. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) read more

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Business Insider Featured Image Credit: Asia Wire Topics: TechnologyA civil society group Centrum Initiative for Human Rights Development and Fundamental Rights Advocacy has drawn the attention of the general public to what it called “the malicious intimidation and political prosecution of one of their members and Director of Strategy Dr John Danfulani The spokesman of the group Mr George Brown in a statement said “We are not oblivious of the curious fact that government or its agents may be fuelling the matter to their own end as the whole hubris smirks of organised government controlled interests “That John Danfulani is a tax paying and law abiding citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria whose rights are fully guaranteed in Chapter 4 (four) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and as such has never been convicted by any Court of Law he is a Northerner a Teacher charged with training and mentoring of wards for a better and greater Nigeria “That we are utterly afraid of a regression to military impunity of yester-years where good citizens were intimidated coerced cajoled bamboozled and freedom of expression gagged It is a fact that this same Dr John Danfulani’s persuasive and intellectual skills were used by the present Government of the day to victory “Clearly John Danfulani connotes this Country’s bright elements possessed of a writer’s narrative imagery poetic license and vivid imagination It will be unfortunate therefore if his literary skills are misconstrued for selfish reasons by mischievous proxies “We therefore abhor the infamous attitude of our law enforcement agencies in frustrating the time honoured responsibility of the court in dispensing justice as justice ought to be done not hijacked “Finally we are grateful to law abiding supporters friends and family of our amiable Dr John Danfulani who have vowed to stand with the true social icon through these hard and trying moments of his carrier and life We continue to urge same teaming supporters friends and family to keep up the struggle by all peaceful means necessary” Under Section 24 of the 1986 Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act.

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At the National Institutes of Health (NIH) officials canceled more than 200 peer-review meetings involving thousands of scientists and more than 11000 applications Because the shutdown fell smack in the middle of one of the agency’s thrice-a-year review periods many peer-review panels will now meet early next year NIH describes its plan which officials had hinted at earlier in this notice posted late Friday and in this blog post from NIH extramural chief Sally Rockey “Due to the shut-down timing it is extraordinarily complex to reschedule all these deadlines and reviews” Rockey writes To catch up NIH has moved October due dates to November and those who had submitted during the shutdown have the option to “refresh” their application The biggest shock is for investigators who thought their proposals would be reviewed in October “[I]t is impossible to manage the logistics of rescheduling hundreds of review meetings in the next six or so weeks” Rockey writes so many meetings will now be held in February or March and the final review step—by individual institutes’ councils—will be moved from January to May This means that researchers will have to wait longer to get word about their grants It also means many reviewers will do “double duty”—they will review twice the usual number of proposals Although “a far from an ideal situation” writes Rockey “we believe this is the most manageable and equitable approach” That has not stopped a wave of comments on Rockey’s blog and the DrugMonkey blog from investigators worried about the changes “All grants submitted in these two cycles will be negatively affected as reviewers will be overwhelmed” wrote Derek Abbott on Rockey’s blog He and others begged Rockey to try to schedule more meetings in November “In my opinion postponing an entire review cycle will be disasterous [sic]” Abbott wrote Another scientist named Tenure-Track Asst Prof wrote that she (or he) needs a funding decision sooner than June to remain in a tenure track position: “[T]he consequences of this decision could very well be career-ending for those of us who are in need of external funding for re-appointment” At NSF Marrett said she’s asked senior managers “to tell me about the most urgent panels” so that the agency can figure out the best way to reschedule its workload “We can’t so readily restart everything” she explained noting that the logistics—rebooking plane tickets and hotel rooms plus conference space at NSF—are daunting The agency will also reschedule submission dates that fell during the shutdown for applicants responding to program solicitations a process that Marrett said will have a ripple effect on future solicitations as well Marrett noted that 385 staff members at the NSF-funded National Radio Astronomy Observatory were furloughed during the shutdown along with 82 people working in the North American office of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array operating in Chile But she said that the NSF-funded academic fleet was not affected by the shutdown and that only minor adjustments are needed in planning the official dedication of NSF’s new Arctic research vessel the SikuliaqPresident Goodluck Jonathan has noted that the failure of the Army Captain Sagir Koli who leaked the Ekiti-rigging audiotape to come forward and authenticate the tape explains why investigation into the matter cannot proceed The President told Thisday newspaper that he inquired from the Director-General of the Department of State Security DSS if the agency was investigating the matter but was told that investigation could not proceed because Capt Koli who went underground after he was tipped off about the order from the army hierarchy to arrest him has not come forward to validate the audio recording Following Capt Koli’s escape his15-year-old brother Ahmadu Koli a pupil of Army Children School who was staying with him was arrested tortured at a military facility in Ibadan Oyo and held back for about five months According to Jonathan “In fact when this story came up I asked the DG Department of State Security Service if they had investigated the matter and he told me that they had some investigations and then called for the person who claimed he recorded it and that he disappeared and nobody can reach him” While noting that there was no formal petition before the security agency on the matter the President noted that to satisfy general interest “they wanted to have him interviewed to know where this was coming from If someone comes up with a spurious allegation that has no substance and the person disappears of course what do you want me to do Definitely anytime we get him he’ll have to substantiate his allegations There are a lot of false stories being circulated and it is very sad” Jonathan who failed to explain why the Captain needed to validate the recording before investigations could be launched into the scandal admitted that he has not even listened to the tape The tape was initially dismissed by him as a fabrication since the person who secretly did the recording may have done so to achieve a particular purpose hence manipulated the discussion According to the President “I have not watched the video (it is an audio recording not video) I said that it was a fabrication because you see people now especially with the social media; we could be here and discuss issues and somebody will hack some of our voices and create a story that never happened “Therefore I am not saying that a meeting in question was held or not held but the issue of conspiring to rig I said it was a fabrication” he added For the people of Oba-Akoko and Ikun-Akoko in the northern senatorial district of Ondo State they never had the premonition that the midnight’s heavy downpour would cost them to be “miles” apart despite sharing boundaries Residents of the two communities woke to see that the only bridge connecting them has been wash off by the midnight downpour which lasted for hours With this development it is now a compulsory task for members of the affected communities to go through a longer route if they plan to travel to other parts of the senatorial district instead of a journey which usually last some minutes before the collapse of the bridge The development has caused confusion in the Akoko and Ose local government axis of the state as prospective travelers have been stranded because of lack of access road A former Councillor in Ose local government Isaac Obiniran while calling on government to expedite effort at reconstructing the bridge stated that the only alternative route is not only longer but also in a terrible state with robbers usually operating there “There is hardly a week that travelers will not be robbed or kidnapped along the road “The other Ipele- Idoani- Isua road which is federal highway that would have been a good alternative to Oba – Akungba -Oka road is also in a very bad state He urged the Ondo state government to quickly come to the rescue of numerous 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Insulting Islam’s Prophet Mohammad carries a mandatory death penalty in Pakistan,Credit: Caters TVSheen charges her clients, told AFP,"I’ve been coming to this mosque since I was a child I’ve never heard anyone at the mosque. express any Salafist opinions That’s laughable" He also denied the mosque had any links to Turkish political parties Six other mosques are being closed down three in Vienna two in UpperAustria and one in Carinthia All but one of the mosques affected belong to the ‘Arab Religious Association’ according to the government Strained relations EvenAustria’s Opposition parties were broadly supportive of Friday’s announcement with the Centre-Left Social Democrats calling it the "first sensible thing this government’s done" However the Green Party pointed out it could serve as a propaganda victory for the Turkish government Turkey’s relations withAustriahave long been strained most recently when Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said he would ban Turkish politicians from campaigning inAustriafor upcoming elections Around 360000 people of Turkish origin live inAustria including 117000 Turkish nationals Last week Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked Kurz saying "This immoral chancellor has a problem with us" Both Kurz of the centre-right People’s Party (OeVP) and the FPOe made immigration and integration major themes in their election campaigns last year The topic had been pushed up the political agenda by the migrant crisis of 2015-16 which saw more than 150000 people seek asylum in the country of 87 million In Friday’s press conference Kurz was keen to emphasise that the action was being taken under legislation to regulate Islamic associations that he himself brought in as a minister in the previous government and which had so far – in his opinion – not been used often enough IGGiOe voicesindignation IGGiOe voiced its "indignation" after Vienna announced the closure of seven mosques Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had Saturday strongly criticised the move as anti-Islamic and promised a response and the Muslim federation launched a broadside Vienna wants to "discredit the religious community" the group’s president Ibrahim Olgun said Olgun said the policy was not "appropriate to control political Islam" and "will lead ultimately to a weakening of structures within the Muslim community inAustria" The Austrian government has not produced any "objective justification" for the closures four of which apply to mosques in Vienna he added Olgun also criticised the government for not informing the federation of the measures in advance and for unveiling them on the final Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan With inputs from AFP A man paragliding in Utah died after crashing through the roof of a church Police said the incident occurred Sunday morning at a Mormon church in Draper Utah the Associated Press reported The man in his 40s or 50s was pronounced dead at the scene The man was using a motorized paraglider when he hit the church roof according to the AP Witnesses said he seemed to spiral downward and out of control Church services were cancelled on Sunday and no other injuries were reported in the crash Write to Mahita Gajanan at [email protected] White – Aaron joins the WDAY Weather team from Sioux Falls South Dakota where he worked as a Meteorologist and Weather Producer for KSFY the ABC affiliate Being an “army brat” most of his life he grew up in many different states in the Midwest and even another country Aaron and his family lived in Germany for 3 years before moving to Manhattan Kansas in 2001 He calls Kansas his home state having gone to junior high high school and college there He earned in Bachelors of Science degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Kansas in 2012 While he was there he did Undergraduate research on river flooding which included a focus on the Red River After his sophomore year he began an internship at KSFY and eventually worked to become a weather producer Aside from forecasting the weather he participated in storm chasing During his time at the University of Kansas he and some of his colleagues chased storms across Kansas Oklahoma Nebraska Missouri and Iowa After the Super Outbreak of 2011 Aaron and his colleagues raised $3000 and collected food and water to take to Tuscaloosa Alabama which was ravaged by and EF4 tornado on April 27 2011 His group spent a week there helping clean up debris left over from the tornado It was an eye opening experience for him having not seen that kind of devastation in person before Aaron has always been passionate about weather and gets reminded about watching The Weather Channel when he was 3 at family gatherings When he isn’t forecasting Aaron enjoys swimming running and cheering on the Kansas Jayhawks"They are under pressure to make a deal with us" Trump tweeted in reference to China "Our markets are surging theirs are collapsing"The president’s statement sought to downplay any hope that the United States would extend a hand toward reconciling the trade conflict amid word that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had invited Chinese officials to return to talksTrump’s view that the Chinese are suffering while the US thrives helps explain his confidence that Beijing ultimately will buckle But the president’s expectation that financial hardship will prompt Chinese President Xi Jinping to cave in a fresh round of diplomatic talks is misplaced analysts said"There’s a lot of overly wishful thinking on the American side" said Jeff Moon a former US trade negotiator "Every economy has problems We have trillion-dollar deficits That doesn’t mean either economy is in fundamental danger It’s a massive miscalculation"The Shanghai Composite Index China’s main stocks gauge is down 23 percent this year making it the world’s worst-performing major exchangeBut unlike in the United States the ups and downs of the Chinese stock market affect relatively few people meaning sell-offs are unlikely to translate into pressure on Chinese leadersLess than 10 percent of China’s adult population owns shares according to Fraser Howie the Singapore-based author of three books on the Chinese financial system In the United States the comparable figure is more than half according to GallupIn addition Chinese share prices move with little regard for what is happening in the real economy In 2008 for example stocks fell by more than 65 percent even as the economy grew by nearly 10 percent"It’s wrong to think the market fully equals winning the trade war" Howie saidLikewise any wobble in the Chinese economy thus far has been modest Though China has slowed from the double-digit growth rates it recorded earlier this decade its economy grew by an annual rate of 67 percent in the second quarter"To the extent that Trump is looking at that and thinking he has China by the neck he’s wrong" said economist Andrew Polk a partner at Trivium a Beijing-based advisory firm "China’s economy has its own issues It’s slowing down but it’s not about to blow up Trump has less leverage than he thinks" Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a news conference Thursday that officials had received the White House’s invitation for talks and the two sides are working out the details"China has always held that an escalation of the trade conflict is not in anyone’s interests" Geng saidOn Friday morning in Beijing the front page of the state-backed China Daily read: "US offer for trade talks welcomed"The president has imposed tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports mostly industrial goods and says he will soon slap levies on an additional $200 billion American consumers will feel the sting of that move as prices rise for Chinese-made refrigerators air conditioners furniture and clothingTrump says the tariffs are aimed at compelling China to abandon a host of unfair trade practices including forcing US companies to surrender their trade secrets in return for access to the Chinese marketThe Chinese government has retaliated with equivalent tariffs targeting American agricultural products in politically important states ahead of the November congressional elections as well as American multinationals with factories in ChinaOn Thursday the largest US business groups in China pleaded with Trump to cease fire Nearly two-thirds of more than 430 US companies in China say the duties Trump imposed this summer have damaged their businesses according to a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and ShanghaiNearly half of the respondents – in retail food and manufacturing – reported that their production costs have climbed while 42 percent said sales were down Just 6 percent meanwhile said they would consider moving factories to US soil an administration goal"The US administration runs the risk of a downward spiral of attack and counterattack benefiting no one" said William Zarit the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in BeijingMost of the tariffs that have been imposed have hit US companies not the Chinese according to economist Mary Lovely of Syracuse University She found for example that 87 percent of the computer and electronics parts subject to Trump’s levies were produced by American companiesTrade-war uncertainty has contributed to a cloud over Chinese investing But this year’s losses in the casino-like Chinese stock market also are nothing new – the market fell by almost half over a six-month period that ended in early 2016Apart from trade worries there are a number of domestic considerations that have hurt Chinese stocksChina’s market is closely tied to the amount of money available for investing This year Chinese officials have tightened credit in a bid to wean the economy from its dependence upon debt-fueled growth That’s meant allowing more Chinese companies to default on their corporate debt a change from previous years when state-owned banks would have kept them afloatThe collapse of several peer-to-peer online lending networks also spooked Chinese investorsThe market has been hurt by concerns about Chinese companies’ use of their stock as collateral for loans which leaves share prices vulnerable if they get into financial trouble and are forced to sell Chinese financial institutions had nearly $220 billion in such loans at the end of July down about 8 percent from the recent peak in January according to Bloomberg"China’s markets have dropped by close to 25 percent" Trump said at the White House last week "Their markets have gone down I don’t like to see that But I can tell you that the United States has picked up about $10 trillion in worth And China would like to be in our position They would like to be in our position"But the president’s repeated crowing about China’s financial woes is contributing to a nationalist backlash that may prolong the dispute with the Chinese concluding that Trump is seeking more than just a level playing field for trade"The way we’re going about it makes it harder for Chinese leaders to make concessions" said David Loevinger a former financial officer at the US Embassy in Beijing "The US has a one-pronged strategy – keep raising the pain threshold until the other side cries uncle"Some of the president’s top advisers see the financial market slump as a reflection of broader economic problems in China "What are these stock markets telling you" Lawrence Kudlow director of the National Economic Council said on CNBC last week "China is moving lower in their economy The US is moving higher We’re the hottest place in the world"It is true that the US economy is hitting on all cylinders The 39 percent unemployment rate is approaching half-century lows while the expansion that began in June 2009 shows no sign of losing steam Optimism among small-business owners recently hit a 45-year record"The Economy is soooo good perhaps the best in our country’s history (remember it’s the economy stupid)" Trump boasted earlier this week on TwitterChina’s gradual slowing comes as the government is attempting to engineer a shift from growth based on heavy investment in infrastructure and exports to an economy powered by domestic consumption according to William Overholt a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Asia CenterUncertainty arising from Trump trade policies will lead to a global slowdown in growth next year according to BNP Paribas The bank’s latest forecast released this week calls for China’s economy to grow at an annual rate of 61 percent next year vs 18 percent for the United StatesMany analysts point to drops in retail sales and investments as an indication that China’s economy is downshifting But Nicholas Lardy a China expert at the Peterson Institute for International Economics said he doubts the economy is genuinely slowing The Chinese government is changing the way it collects and reports key economic data including retail sales and investments making it difficult to draw conclusionsBut China imported almost 19 percent more goods in August than it did in the same month last year"The underlying demand in the economy is fairly strong" Lardy saidThe administration’s confidence that China is being hurt also overstates the country’s dependence upon trade he saidSince the 2008 financial crisis China has reduced its dependence upon trade by one-third according to Lardy—This article was written by David J Lynch a reporter for The Washington Post? 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