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Wall Street Journal: Google leverages AI labs to find a way back to China

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Google AI China Center was established on Wednesday. Google said the center will provide engineers with basic research to serve the country's top talent in a globally competitive area.

"We need to recognize China's opportunities and demonstrated leadership in the areas of technology and AI," said Li Feifei, a Google cloud business executive and co-head of the new AI Labs. "We hope to showcase our laboratory by opening it here Sincerity, let China know we are willing to listen and cooperate with them. "

Li Feifei said Google has hired "a handful of" top researchers in deep learning and natural language processing and plans to hire other researchers focused on computer vision. Li Feifei or Stanford University AI laboratory director. Google declined to disclose how far the AI ​​center will grow to scale.

Return to China for AI talent

This is the latest in a series of moves Google has implemented. Some think it shows that Google is trying to return to China's huge but elusive consumer market.

Since 2010, Google's search engine has been unable to use in China. This also limits Google's ability to provide other services such as Google Cloud in China, new smartphones, and personal digital assistants.

At the same time, talent warfare in the hot sectors of the technology industry is on the rise. Talent is the focus of competition for both the United States and China. Enterprises in both countries have set up research laboratories in the backyard of each other.

According to a study released by the recruitment platform Paysa, U.S. companies spent $ 1.35 billion on recruiting AI talent from April to September this year. Google is the fourth-largest employer in the spaceAmazonthe company,MicrosoftAfter the company and Apple Inc. Research shows that Google recruited 142 AI engineers during this period, investing 33.6 million U.S. dollars in AI talent.

Yu Kai, a member of China's AI Strategic Advisory Committee, said that China is home to some of the world's most successful Internet companies, where more and more young AI talent is available. He said Beijing Labs can get Google into contact with young Chinese mathematicians desperate to enter the field of AI. Yu Kai is a Chinese computer chip and autopilot software startup - Horizon Robotics - founder and CEO.

In September of this year, the AI ​​plan that Google set for China has taken shape. At the time, Google posted at least four AI-related positions on its Beijing recruitment website.

Moreover, although the China business is limited, but the two Google executives this year has been in China public debut. In May this year, Google's parent company Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt (Eric Schmidt) to visit Wuzhen, to watch the Google AI chess program AlphaGo and kija showdown. This month, Google CEO Sundar Pichai (Sundar Pichai) also issued a speech held in Wuzhen the World Conference on the Internet.

The establishment of Google AI China Center coincides with intensified competition between China and the United States. China has made it a national priority to use AI to improve areas such as national security, health and education. Last month, China also picked four companies to lead AI development. They are Alibaba Group,TencentHolding company, Baidu and IMC. All of these Chinese companies have been or are planning to open research labs in the United States. (Compile / flu rain)

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