Google to open AI research centre in China

David Murphy

Google is to launch an Artificial Intelligence research centre in China. The company already has similar facilities in New York, Toronto, London and Zurich.

In a blog post, Fei-Fei Li, chief scientist, AI/ML for Google Cloud, said the centre would focus on “basic AI research”, and would consist of a team of AI researchers in Beijing, supported by Google China’s strong engineering teams.

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.

The announcement comes despite the fact that Google’s search engine, app store, email and cloud storage services are all banned in China, as part of the country’s restrictions on foreign media and internet platforms that aim to block influences that contravene socialist ideas.