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Google announces AI research centre in China

Google announces AI research centre in China

With AI talent in short supply, Google's latest push in China is also an opportunity for the company to snap up top researchers in the world's second-largest economy. The news was shared by Google chief scientist Fei-Fei Li ahead of Google Developer Days events in Shanghai.

Google has revealed plans to open an artificial intelligence (AI) research lab in China, despite its pioneering search engine being blocked in the Communist country. According to Sinovation Ventures AI Institute, a research arm of a venture capital group led by former Google China head Kai-fu Lee, more than half of the citations in the top 100 AI journals and conferences go to ethnic Chinese. As an AI first company, this is an important part of our collective mission.

Google supports hundreds of staffers in China who work on worldwide services.

Yesterday, it made a symbolically significant move towards working its way back, opening a China-based centre devoted to artificial intelligence.




He wrote, "I believe AI and its benefits have no borders".

The company said the center will focus on basic artificial intelligence research and will consist of a team of AI researchers in Beijing, who will be supported by Google engineers based in China. China banned Google's services many years ago and while the company has gradually been building its presence in the country, there's no sign of the government easing up restrictions on Google services anytime soon. And commenting on that workforce, chairman of Alphabet Eric Schmidt has stated that the company "never left" China, and it's obvious that Google wouldn't want to ignore China's clever and progressing AI talent pool. It also reintroduced its Translate mobile app to China earlier this year. Li Meng, the vice minister of science and technology, said China should be on par with other leading countries in A.I. technology in research by 2020, and by the end of the following decade, China should be the global "innovation center for A.I".

Google will enter a crowded market in China, with Chinese mega-firms like Alibaba and Baidu making their own attempts to bolster AI development.


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