Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Google, expects China to play a crucial role in the art of intelligence.
“China is already playing a big part in how the AI will shape our futures,” Pichai said at the annual China Development Forum in Beijing. “When we build together we get to better ideas faster.”
Google has invested in Chinese startups, forged a patent alliance with Tencent Holdings Ltd and is pushing its TensorFlow AI tools in the country blocked. The Mountain View, California-based company recently opened a research lab in Beijing focused on AI, a blossoming field and one at the center of tensions between China and the US.
“We've already got a small team doing research there and look forward to expanding it,” Apple CEO Tim Cook.
In 2010, Google refused to censor search results with China's Internet censors later blocking access. Now Google and Facebook are among the foreign giants who are regularly visited in an effort to curry the favour and regain access to the lucrative market.
To illustrate China's growing prowess, Pichai pointed to podcast service.
Google's lab falls under its cloud unit, and the company has suggested it's open to the mainland China with that business if it's allowed to. – Bloomberg