Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL), Google on Wednesday announced it is opening a new artificial intelligence research center in China.
Google said this new Chinese AI research center is the first such center in Asia. The Chinese center joins a list of similar overseas centers operating in New York, Toronto, London and Zurich.
However, most of Google’s products are still blocked in the Chinese market, including its search engine, email and cloud storage services.
Fei-Fei Li, chief Scientist of AI/ML (machine learning) at Google Cloud, said a blog post on Wednesday: “believe AI and its benefits have no borders. Whether a breakthrough occurs in Silicon Valley, Beijing or anywhere else, it has the potential to make everyone’s life better for the entire world. As an AI first company, this is an important part of our collective mission. And we want to work with the best AI talent, wherever that talent is, to achieve it.”
China has been supporting AI research and development in the recent years. Tech giants like Baidu and Tencent have been investing heavily in exploring the potential of AI.
"As technology starts to shape human life in more profound ways, we will need to work together to ensure that the AI of tomorrow benefits all of us," she said.