Tencent’s AI leviathan, $83M scam busted, China’s influencer ban: Asia Express


Our weekly roundup of stories from East Asia curates the business’s most vital developments.

$500B agency companions with Polygon 

South Korea’s Mirae Asset Security Token Working Group, with over $500 billion in belongings below administration (AUM), is collaborating with Ethereum layer-two scaling resolution Polygon (MATIC) for safety tokenization initiatives. 

According to a Sept. 7 press launch, Mirae Asset Securities has signed a memorandum of understanding with Polygon Labs for “helping domestic and international tokenized securities networks.”

“Mirae’s foray into tokenization will undoubtedly help accelerate the mass adoption of web3 among other financial institutions,” commented Polygon Labs’ govt chairman Sandeep Nailwal.

Meanwhile, Ahn In-sung, head of the digital division at Mirae Asset Securities, wrote: “Through technical collaboration with Polygon Labs, Mirae Asset Securities aims to establish global leadership in the field of tokenized securities.”

Previously, Polygon Labs partnered with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and key monetary establishments in its Project Garden asset tokenization initiative. Last November, Project Guardian executed international alternate and sovereign bond transactions through Polygon.

Tencent launches the most important LLM mannequin ever 

Tencent’s new Hunyuan Large Language Model (LLM) has over 2 trillion parameters. Previously, the most important LLMs have contained upwards of 175 billion coaching information parameters.

During the Chinese IT conglomerate’s Global Digital Ecology Conference on Sept. 7, Tencent unveiled its Hunyuan AI competitor to ChatGPT which is now obtainable via Tencent Cloud. Users are capable of immediately join their software program APIs to Hunyuan, or use it as a foundation for a wide range of functions in mechatronics, customer support and enterprise operations.

Tencent’s 2023 Global Digital Ecology Conference (STCN)

Tencent claims that Hunyuan is able to processing “tens of trillions” of knowledge per day and may cut back danger evaluation procedures in car manufacturing from 4 hours to lower than half-hour. The firm has invested a mixed $31.4 billion into cloud and AI analysis and growth inside the previous 5 years. The agency wrote: 

“In response to the problem that large models are prone to ‘babbling nonsense,’ Tencent has optimized the pre-training algorithm and strategy, reducing the illusion of the mixed-element large model by 30% to 50% compared with mainstream open source large models.”

Coinbase introduces stricter KYC measures for Singaporean prospects

Singaporean purchasers of cryptocurrency alternate Coinbase should now present know-your-customer data (KYC) when sending crypto to addresses apart from Coinbase. 

In accordance with MAS laws, Coinbase’s Singaporean prospects might want to provide information on recipients’ pockets kind, counterparty alternate identify, full identify and nation of residence when sending crypto off the alternate. In addition, customers who obtain exterior crypto on Coinbase might want to present comparable KYC data on the sender so as to entry their deposits.

The new KYC checks is not going to have an effect on transfers between Coinbase accounts. MAS’ anti-money laundering necessities for digital asset transactions took effect in January 2020 and had been final revised in March 2022. It’s not instantly clear as to why the alternate solely carried out the laws simply now. 

Coinbase’s new KYC options for Singaporean customers {Coinbase)

Government officers in China’s Shangdong Province have set key efficiency indicators (KPIs) for native bureaucrats to develop the province’s metaverse business to fifteen billion Yuan ($2.05 billion) by 2025, or for a cyclically adjusted development fee of 15% every year. In addition, the KPIs embody the incubation of 100 metaverse ecosystem tasks, 3,000 metaverse-related patents, and a minimum of 30 metaverse experiences at public service facilities. The Shangdong People’s Government wrote: 

“[It is necessary to] build a Shandong cultural dedicated network, Shandong cultural big data center and cultural database to form a cultural tourism metaverse big data system. Focus on cultural tourism resources such as A-level tourist attractions, cultural centers, libraries, and museums, and develop a number of immersive tourism service products such as VR [Virtual Reality] cloud tours.”

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80 Chinese crypto influencer accounts banned

Sina Weibo, one in all China’s largest social media platforms with over 580 million month-to-month energetic customers, has banned 80 Chinese crypto influencer accounts with a mixed follower depend of over 8 million. 

According to a Sept. 5 announcement, the accounts had been banned attributable to “promotion of crypto trading activities” in accordance with eight legislations that collectively type China’s “Crypto Ban,” which has been in power since August 2021. One person commented:

“Even extra [crypto] teams have been eliminated. A big a part of those that had been with me six years in the past have now eliminated as nicely. Those who haven’t been eliminated have additionally been significantly restricted. Please go and promote them on Twitter. Weibo is not a very good setting.

Though the Crypto Ban has been in impact for a while, China has solely taken a harsh stance on enforcement beginning this yr. It has resulted within the removing of prison enterprises, legit tasks, and precipitated collateral damages to international buyers alike.  

$83M crypto scam group busted in South Korea

South Korean police have busted a 110 billion Won ($83 million) crypto scam. 

Authorities say that on Sept. 5, 22 people had been arrested on prices of deception and fraud. The unnamed group, accused of orchestrating a Ponzi scheme, allegedly solicited $83 million from 6,610 people based mostly on guarantees of funding returns within the crypto markets as excessive as 300%.

An investigation subsequently revealed that enterprise entities created by the group advocating token listings and entry into digital asset exchanges had been falsified. Local information reported that belongings linked to the unnamed group have been seized in prison proceedings. A police official wrote: 

“We will strictly respond to various financial crimes that infringe upon the people’s livelihood by exploiting the desperate psychology of ordinary people who want to improve economic conditions and the virtual asset investment craze.”

OKX in closing phases of licensing in Hong Kong 

According to native information reports on Sept. 3, cryptocurrency alternate OKX is within the superior phases of receiving its digital asset supplier license from Hong Kong regulators. Zhikai Lai, the agency’s CCO, stated that he expects OKX to obtain the regulatory license by June 2024 and hopes to draw anyplace between 100,000 to 200,000 retail Hong Kong crypto buyers inside the first yr. The govt famous:

“Banks have held a conservative attitude towards the virtual currency industry for many years. It was not until the government promoted Hong Kong as a global virtual asset center last year, and the Securities and Future Commission and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority gave a clear message that banks were required to prepare resources to focus on the industry. After that, their attitude became positive.”

OKX’s Chief Commercial Officer Zhikai (Lennix) Lai (Zhihu)

Zhiyuan Sun

Zhiyuan Sun is a journalist at Cointelegraph specializing in technology-related information. He has a number of years of expertise writing for main monetary media shops akin to The Motley Fool, Nasdaq.com and Seeking Alpha.

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