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Google readies to open an AI research centre in China

Google is aiming to delve deeper into the research of artificial intelligence as it prepares to establish a specialized centre in China, despite the fact that its search engine can’t work in China due to blocking. It’s going to be the first such institution in the region and it will focus on hiring local specialists, according to Google.

China has shown its eagerness to invest its scientific potential into AI development and reach the level of the U.S. Artificial intelligence could soon better many technologies like self-driving vehicles, manufacturing equipment, facial recognition and others.

Company’s blog post said that the new centre was a significant component of their mission as the first AI company. No matter where a groundbreaking change takes place – in Silicon Valley, China or elsewhere, it could improve everyone’s life conditions across the globe, as Fei-Fei Li of Google Cloud AI and Machine Learning said.

A team comprised of few members working at the company’s office in Beijing will be in charge of the centre, which is going to operate along with several others situated in London, NY, Toronto and Zurich.

The company has got two offices in China with the staff of around 600 people, while nearly half of them are concentrated on international products, Google’s spokesperson said.

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