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Friday, June 02, 2017

AI Advances in China

Have followed Baidu and Alibaba for some time.  They have benefited from Google's TensorFlow showing the way, and vast amounts of data.  In Wired: 

AI—Not Just American

" ... Chinese companies like Baidu, Tencent, and Alibaba are already using these same technologies, as are US giants like Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon. Google took an early lead, mainly because it bought up so much of the key talent. But many others have embraced deep learning in big ways, including the largest internet companies in China. “It’s easy to fall into the old stereotype—the copy-to-China stereotype, that China is so far behind and they’re just importing everything—but that’s out of date,” says Adam Coates, the American-born AI researcher who now oversees Baidu’s Silicon Valley AI lab. ..... " 

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