Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Google is opening an artificial intelligence center in China

Alphabet Inc., Google on Wednesday announced it is opening a new artificial intelligence research center in China Alphabet Inc., Google on Wednesday announced it is opening a new artificial intelligence research center in China
June Sullivan | 14 December, 2017, 15:59

Google is one of the companies that's deeply involved in AI research and development so it wasn't surprising when the company announced that it's going to set up a dedicated artificial intelligence lab in China. About that workforce, Alphabet administrator Eric Schmidt has said the organization "never left" China, and it bodes well that Google wouldn't have any desire to disregard China's profound and developing AI ability pool, which has been hailed by specialists that incorporate former Google China head, Kaifu Lee.

The decision to open its new research lab in China is also likely part of the company's effort to get on the government's good side.

Google said it already had people in China working on some of its top global products, and that it wouldn't be adding new research capacity in the country if it were anxious about IP theft. Google's cloud-computing service rents access to its "TPU" AI chips, which are optimized for TensorFlow, AI software tools which make it easier to develop apps.

Google's initiative comes only months after Beijing made its ambitions for the rapidly developing technology clear, announcing plans to build a domestic AI industry worth almost $150 billion in the coming years.

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

However, even though the company has 600 employees split between two offices in the country, "Google's search engine and a number of other services are banned in China", BBC News reports. "Along with Dr. Jia Li, Head of Research and Development at Google Cloud AI, I'll be leading and coordinating the research".

Google said it plans to work closely with AI researchers elsewhere in the country by hosting conferences and workshops at its new facility. Further, a few days back, CEO Sundar Pichai attended the conference run by the Cyberspace Administration of China, where he talked about the potential of Artificial Intelligence.

The Chief Scientist highlighted automatic image classification in photo applications, as well as the adoption of natural language interfaced with voice assistants like Google Home as recent major breakthroughs in AI and machine learning.

"The Google AI China Center is a small contribution to this goal", she wrote.

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