Google is building its next AI research center in China
Google is building its next AI research center in China
Opening the Google AI China Center - Google Blog
13 December, 2017, 12:07
Google's popular search service might be blocked on the Chinese mainland, but that's not stopping the company from expanding its presence in the country's burgeoning artificial intelligence sector.
One of the reasons behind this decision is that numerous world's top AI experts are based in China.
Google's parent Alphabet said in a statement that it had launched the Google AI China Center on Wednesday in Shanghai, the company's first facility of its kind in Asia.
Li along with Dr. Jia Li, Head of Research and Development at Google Cloud AI, will be leading and coordinating the research at the new facility.
Google's move to open a Beijing office focused on fundamental research is an indication of China's AI talent, widely seen as being neck-and-neck with the United States in research capability. At present, researchers in the country are perfecting facial recognition systems, image processing systems, and self-driving tech.
According to the firm, the Google AI China Centre will have a small group of researchers supported by several hundred China-based engineers.
Li noted that Chinese engineers formed the backbones of the winning teams in the past three ImageNet Challenges, an global AI competition to test which computing technology is better at recognising and categorising pictures.
I believe AI and its benefits have no borders. As an AI first company, this is an important part of our collective mission.
The country's large population and strong mathematics and sciences education has nurtured a slew of engineering talent. This Center joins other AI research groups we have all over the world, including in New York, Toronto, London and Zurich, all contributing towards the same goal of finding ways to make AI work better for everyone. However, internet regulators have recently permitted access to its translation product, one that has made improvements in accuracy by the use of the company's AI research.
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