Artificial intelligence, or AI—computers that can analyze data, make predictions, and draw conclusions in ways only humans could a few years ago—may be the most important technological development since the steam engine, movable type, or cuneiform writing on clay tablets, depending on who you listen to. “I have a hard time thinking of an industry we cannot transform with AI,” Andrew Ng, cofounder of Coursera and Google Brain, has said. Ng is now chief science officer for Baidu, China’s leading search engine company; he directs Baidu’s AI research effort in Silicon Valley. Ng’s move, from leading US tech companies to a Chinese tech powerhouse just moving into AI, is indicative of a wider shift. China, increasingly, is seeking to challenge Western dominance in AI.
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Volume 61, Issue 3, May-June 2018
Perspectives - News and Analysis of the Global Innovation Scene