Google is opening an AI center in China

Google is opening an AI center in China

Google is opening an AI center in China

Google faces high hurdles to reopening search and other services in China due to ongoing friction with regulators, says an executive at a local subsidiary.

Google's most recent move to formalize its AI presence in the country is a tacit acknowledgment that companies and governments in China and the US are locked in a race to determine how the art and science of AI will be applied around the world. With this initiative, Google plans to hire more Chinese researchers. The field is now one of the most competitive in technology, driven by demand for skilled experts. In a statement, the USA firm said the research center is unique and the first of its kind in Asia.

"I believe AI and its benefits have no borders", said Fei-Fei Li in a blog. It will be helmed by Jia Li, head of research and development at Google Cloud AI, and Fei-fei Li, director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab and a chief scientist at Google Cloud AI. As an AI-first company, this is an important part of out collective mission.

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AI is one of the most competitive fields on the planet right now and tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple are searching far and wide for the best talent, offering hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process.

Attending the fourth edition of the Chinese state-run "World Internet Conference" in Wuzhen, near Shanghai, Pichai said that many small and medium-sized businesses in China take advantage of Google to get their products to many other countries outside of China. Chinese researchers also made up the majority of all three winning teams of the AI ImageNet Challenge over the past three years. It also reintroduced its Translate mobile app to China earlier this year.

The country's internet censorship, known colloquially as the Great Firewall of China, censors news stories and reports deemed to portray China or its government and key figures in a negative light. "Chinese companies have been investing heavily in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies over the past five years, and the central government has offered continuous policy support", Global Times, a highly nationalist Chinese media outlet, wrote in October.

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