Tech giant Google has opened an artificial intelligence (AI) research centre in Beijing, China.
Google AI China Centre is the company’s first site of its kind in Asia, and joins its other AI research groups in cities across the world, including New York, Toronto, London and Zurich.
The centre will focus on basic AI research, and will be home to a team of AI researchers as well as Google China’s existing engineering teams.
It will be led by head of research and development at Google Cloud AI Dr Jia Li, along with chief scientist Fei-Fei Li.
“AI will benefit all of us”
Along with publishing its own work, the centre will also fund and sponsor a number of AI conferences and workshops within China.
Li says: “Humanity is going through a huge transformation thanks to the phenomenal growth of computing and digitisation. 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.”
The tech giant operates two offices in China, with roughly half of its 600 employees working on global products, reports the BBC. However, use of Google’s search engine and a number of its other services are currently banned in China.