Have been in particular following their assistant and chatbot work, impressive so far. Further indications that work is ongoing in augmented reality. In Technology Review:
In 2017, China Is Doubling Down on AI
The country’s Internet giants are focusing on AI research, and domestic venture capital funding is pouring into the field. by Jamie Condliffe
This year, China looks set to make larger waves than ever in artificial intelligence and augmented reality.
The nation’s search giant, Baidu, is leading the charge. Already making serious headway in AI research, it has now announced that former Microsoft executive Qi Lu will take over as its chief operating officer. Lu ran the applications and services division at Microsoft, but, according to the Verge, a large part of his remit was developing strategies for artificial intelligence and chatbots. In a statement, Baidu cites hiring Lu as part of its plan to become a “global leader in AI.”
Meanwhile, Baidu’s chief scientist, Andrew Ng, has announced that the company is opening a new augmented reality lab in Beijing. Baidu has already made progress in AR, using computer vision and deep learning to add an extra layer to the real world for millions of people. But the new plans aim to use a 55-strong lab to increase revenue by building AR marketing tools—though it’s thought that the company will also consider health-care and education applications in the future. .... "