Google expands AI research with new Chinese facility

The Google AI China Center

"Along with Dr. Jia Li, head of research and development at Google Cloud AI, I'll be leading and coordinating the research", Li said in a blog post.

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. Google withdrew from the Chinese search market several years ago after refusing to concede to government censorship demands.

Google also hopes to collaborate more with domestic Chinese scientists, it said in the statement.

The new AI center is the first in Asia from Google and joins other Google centers for AI research in cities around the world like New York, Toronto, London and Zurich.

The company declined to specify how many people it would hire, but says it plans to build out the team further and is actively recruiting. Chinese researchers also made up the majority of all three winning teams of the AI ImageNet Challenge over the past three years. China has been focusing on AI technology lately and wants to turn it into a $60 billion industry by 2025. About that workforce, Alphabet administrator Eric Schmidt has said the organization "never left" China, and it bodes well that Google wouldn't have any desire to disregard China's profound and developing AI ability pool, which has been hailed by specialists that incorporate former Google China head, Kaifu Lee.




China is now leading the way in significant areas of AI development, Li explained, pointing out how 43 per cent of content in the top 100 AI journals of 2015 were from Chinese contributors.

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.

Earlier in the month, Google's India-born chief executive Sundar Pichai said that a lot of the tech giant's work actually helps Chinese companies. In the following years, Google's other web services, including Gmail and the Google Play app store, were blocked.

Like Google, most major USA information technology companies can not ignore the booming growth market that is China. The company now has similar facilities in London, Toronto, and Zurich, aside from the one in NY.

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