Google Announces a China-Based Center Devoted to Artificial Intelligence

Google opens first machine learning research lab in Asia with 'Google AI China Center'

Even though Google is blocked in the country, it is cementing its position in China by focusing on Artificial Intelligence.

Google is to launch an Artificial Intelligence research centre in China.

Despite the fact that Google Search has been blocked in mainland China since 2015, the company still employs hundreds of staff within the country that are dedicated to improving its worldwide services. It will be managed by chief scientist of AI and machine learning at Google Cloud, Fei-Fei Li, who is a professor at Stanford University. 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 study regarding artificial intelligence has the potential to improve a vast spectrum of technologies, from self-driving cars and automated factories to translation products and facial recognition software. The company said the center is the first of its kind in Asia and will consist of a small team based out of its existing offices in Beijing.

"I believe AI and its benefits have no borders".

Google said in a statement the centre is part of its mission to be an "AI first company". And we want to work with the best AI talent, where that talent is, to achieve it. "Whether a breakthrough occurs in Silicon Valley, Beijing or anywhere else, it has the potential to make everyone's life better for the entire world".

In academia, meanwhile, China has a presence in AI research that's impossible to ignore. Chinese citizens may not be able to use Google search, but Chinese developers can take advantage of the company's popular AI tools, like TensorFlow.

Despite having virtually no consumer-facing presence stateside, Tencent, Baidu, and ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing each have labs located in the U.S., where staff of all nationalities conduct AI research.

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