Artificial Intelligence

Baidu hires former Google artificial intelligence chief

China’s top search engine Baidu Inc has hired Google Inc’s former artificial intelligence (AI) chief Andrew Ng to spearhead research in a field that promises to show Internet companies how to maximise use of their vast data trove.

Baidu said it has opened a new AI lab in Silicon Valley to complement its Deep Learning Lab and Big Data Lab in Beijing, both of which will also be headed by Ng.

The news was announced at Baidu’s newly opened research complex in Sunnyvale, California, located near the Mountain View headquarters of Google, where Ng had founded and led an elite Deep Learning team in 2011.

Deep Learning refers to research that enables machines to simulate brain functions and process massive amounts of data.

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