Google opens AI research lab in China

Google opens AI research lab in China

In the following years, Google's other web services, including Gmail and the Google Play app store, were blocked.

With AI talent in short supply, Google's latest push in China is also an opportunity for the company to snap up top researchers in the world's second-largest economy.

Alphabet Inc's Google said on Wednesday it is opening an artificial intelligence (AI) research center in China to target the country's local talent, even as the U.S. search firm's products remain blocked in the country.

Despite Google's website, cloud services and video platform YouTube being now blocked in China, the company has continued to engage with the market.

Hiring outlook for Hong Kong in 2018
Employers will need to work hard to attract and develop people with the skills they need to remain competitive". The most cautious outlook in the region is reported in China.

In the AI sector, Chinese researchers and developers have emerged as a leading group globally. The goal of this center is to find ways to improve AI through basic research while working with the large network of Google engineers in the country.

Google today announced plans to launch the Google AI China Center. Whether a breakthough occurs in [the] Silicon Valley, Beijing or anywhere else, it has the potential to make everyone's life better.

Li noted that Chinese engineers formed the backbones of the winning teams in the past three ImageNet Challenges, an worldwide AI competition to test which computing technology is better at recognising and categorising pictures. As an AI first company, this is an important part of our collective mission. According to Li, 43 percent of the content in the top 100 AI journals came from Chinese authors in 2015. Roughly half of its 600 employees in China are engineers working on global products, said company spokesman Taj Meadows. This center will be very similar to other centers in New York, Toronto, London, and Zurich. 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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