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Google to open AI lab in China

Google to open AI lab in China

Google's new lab will face fierce competition attracting researchers, though, especially as local giants like Tencent, Baidu, and Alibaba pour more and more money into the sector.

Bolstering its status as an AI first company, Google has opened machine learning research labs around the world in recent years.

I believe AI and its benefits have no borders.

Even though Google is blocked in the country, it is cementing its position in China by focusing on Artificial Intelligence. The goal of this center is to find ways to improve AI through basic research while working with the large network of Google engineers in the country. As Li points out in her blog post, "China is home to numerous world's top experts in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning".

The announcement was made at the Google Developer Days event in Shanghai.

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In fact, China's work in the artificial intelligence industry has been monumental, a direct result of the government investing substantial amounts of money into research. All three winning teams of the ImageNet Challenge in the past three years have been largely composed of Chinese researchers.

"Whether a breakthrough occurs in Silicon Valley, Beijing or anywhere else, [AI] has the potential to make everyone's life better for the entire world", said Fei-Fei Li, chief scientist at Google Cloud AI and Machine Learning. Chinese authors contributed 43 percent of all content in the top 100 AI journals in 2015, she noted.

In its blog Google has shared that opening this new research centre has a very crucial role to play in its journwy of becoming the first AI company.

AI is one of the hottest and most competitive technology fields today as companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft all vie for a piece of the action and search for the best talent to develop their technologies.


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