Chinese Retailer Launches Blockchain Accelerator, the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut and Alibaba’s closest rival, is launching a new accelerator program for artificial intelligence and blockchain startups. The Beijing-based accelerator, called AI Catapult, will have startups work with its operational teams to “test real-world applications of their technologies at scale.”

AI Catapult will also help JD’s AI research division find new ways to use AI to improve blockchain technology, with a particular focus in areas including scalability, security, privacy, efficiency and energy consumption.

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