Posts Tagged ‘Baidu’

Artificial Intelligence Pushes Ahead in China

Baidu logoA recent press release revealed that, “There are signs indicating that Chinese Internet users might be the very first group of people to truly reap the benefits of artificial intelligence. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, written by Ray Kurzweil, painted us a picture of artificial intelligence. Kurzweil describes his law of accelerating returns which predicts an exponential increase in technologies; in the book he says this will lead to a technological singularity in the year 2045, a point where progress is so rapid it outstrips humans’ ability to comprehend it. Baidu, the leading Chinese search service provider, recently announced their ground-breaking Light App (a modified kind of web app), the Baidu Exam-Info Master. Using the artificial intelligence of their search engine, Baidu seeks to offer some practical help to high school seniors when it comes to applying for their dream college after the National College Entrance Examination. This service has soon become wildly popular among users, and may grow into a key motivation for Baidu to duplicate this kind of method into a far broader area.”

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Baidu Opens Machine Learning Lab Next to Apple Headquarters

Liam Tung of ZDNet reports, “China’s answer to Google, Baidu, has opened a lab dedicated to machine learning research near Apple’s Cupertino headquarters. Baidu’s CEO Robin Li in January announced the search company’s ambition to become a leader in machine learning technologies, already beginning to appear in services like Apple’s Siri and Google Street View.  The company’s efforts, he said, would be led by a new research group called the Institute of Deep Learning (IDL), which Li hoped would come to follow in the footsteps of AT&T’s Bell Labs and Xerox PARC. However, there was no sign at the time that Baidu eyeing establishing a lab in the US.” Read more