Opening the Google AI China Center

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Google announced Wednesday that it will open a new artificial intelligence research centre in Beijing, tapping China's talent pool in the promising technology despite the U.S. search giant's exclusion from the country's internet.

Google's search engine is blocked in China, but the company still has hundreds of staff in China which work on its global services. And we want to work with the best AI talent, wherever that talent is, to achieve it. While tightening restrictions are likely to hamper a re-entry to the Chinese market for Google, the firm has increasingly focused on exposing its AI products in China.

This year Google held a Go tournament in cooperation with local authorities in eastern China, pitching its AI against Chinese world champion Go player Ke Jie.

"I believe AI and its benefits have no borders". As an AI first company, this is an important part of our collective mission.

Instead, the Beijing-based team will work with AI colleagues in Google offices across the world, including New York, Toronto, London and Zurich.

Unveiled today by Fei-Fei Li, Google Cloud's Chief Scientist, at the Google Developer Days event in Shanghai, it is the company's first lab in Asia.

Li, formerly the director of Stanford University's Artificial Intelligence Lab, was a high-profile arrival when she joined Google one year ago.

"Besides publishing its own work, the Google AI China Center will also support the AI research community by funding and sponsoring AI conferences and workshops, and working closely with the vibrant Chinese AI research community", Li added. With open positions at the Center, the company has already "hired some top experts".

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