Google Opens China AI Research Center Amid TensorFlow Marketing Push

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China is clearly a hotbed of artificial intelligence research and Google would be foolish to not dip into that pool.

In its blog Google has shared that opening this new research centre has a very crucial role to play in its journwy of becoming the first AI company. According to a report from Bloomberg, the Google AI China Center will consist of "a small group of researchers supported by several hundred China-based engineers". It will be managed by chief scientist of AI and machine learning at Google Cloud, Fei-Fei Li, who is a professor at Stanford University.

Google has announced that it will be launching the Google AI China Center, its first such center in Asia.

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It's notable that the new facility is being launched even though Google's services are not available in China.

In a blog post announcing the move, Li notes that the company is now hiring for positions at the lab-something media outlets picked up on a few months ago. "Whether a breakthrough occurs in Silicon Valley, Beijing or anywhere else, it has the potential to make everyone's life better for the entire world", Li wrote in the blog post.

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. Further, a few days back, CEO Sundar Pichai attended the conference run by the Cyberspace Administration of China, where he talked about the potential of Artificial Intelligence. We've recently seen similar efforts from the likes of Microsoft, IBM and others as part of a new push from the Chinese government to upgrade the country's technological abilities and to wean itself off foreign-made software and hardware. In China, Google has deployed some of the best talent in the field, and presently, there are over 20 jobs open, notes TechCrunch.

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