Google's AI Research Centre To Be In China

Camille Francis
December 15, 2017

This center will be very similar to other centers in New York, Toronto, London, and Zurich.

In spite of a complete ban on Google services in China, the tech giant has launched the Google AI China Center on Wednesday in a bid to make its presence felt in the field of artificial intelligence and also gain a foothold in the second largest economy in the world.

Of all the fields that Alphabet - Google's parent company - has been focusing on lately, it's made some of the most progress in AI. The company's new research center will be led by Fei-Fei Li, who runs Stanford University's Artificial Intelligence Lab and heads the artificial intelligence arm of Google's Cloud business, and Jia Li, head of research and development for the AI division of Google Cloud.

According to Google, it said that the center for AI in China would be the first of its kind in Asia. The company says it's already hired "top experts", with respected AI veteran - and Google Cloud chief scientist - Fei-Fei Li leading and coordinating work.

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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.

"I believe AI and its benefits have no borders". Chinese authors contributed 43 percent of all content in the top 100 AI journals in 2015-and when the Association for the Advancement of AI discovered that their annual meeting overlapped with Chinese New Year this year, they rescheduled.

She also stated that since Google is an "AI first company", it is an important part of their collective mission, and thus, Google wants to hire the best talent across the globe to achieve their AI mission. "Whether a breakthrough occurs in Silicon Valley, Beijing or anywhere else, it has the potential to make everyone's life better".

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