Opening the Google AI China Center

Alyssa Bailey
December 14, 2017

Google had previously revealed it was pushing to hire AI experts in the country, says Tech Crunch, and the announcement of a dedicated facility "isn't a sign that [it] will launch new services in China". The news was shared by Google chief scientist Fei-Fei Li ahead of Google Developer Days events in Shanghai.

Alphabet Inc.'s Google has officially announced that it is opening an artificial intelligence (AI) research center in Beijing. As an AI-first company, this is an important part of out collective mission.

The national flag of China flies in front of the former headquarters of Google in Beijing, July 1, 2010.

"I believe AI and its benefits have no borders", said Fei-Fei Li in a blog.

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Though Google's search engine blocked in the Chinese market along with its email, app store, cloud storage services, there are company's hundreds of staff in China working on its worldwide services.

Additionally, startups such as Face++, and SenseTime, are two of the fastest growing companies in China, and their primary focus is deeply entangled with AI and machine learning.

It comes just months after Beijing set out its ambitions for the rapidly developing technology, announcing plans to build a domestic artificial intelligence industry worth almost $150 billion in the coming years. Google's move into the country could allow it to start working with Chinese users, giving it deeper data reserves to develop new AI models with. Google withdrew from the Chinese search market several years ago after refusing to concede to government censorship demands. She will lead the China-based group nearby Jia Li, who was procured from Snap where she had been head of research in the meantime as Li.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai attended a state-run internet conference in Wuzhen earlier in December, where he outlined how small and medium-sized enterprises on the mainland have benefited from the use of Google services, the South China Morning Post reported. Besides the nation's three most prominent tech organizations Baidu, Tencent and Alibaba, goal-oriented $30 billion firm Bytedance - which procured for $1 billion - and quickly developing organizations SenseTime and Face++ all go after AI engineers with pay bargains becoming higher.

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