Baidu, the so-called Google of China, is putting most of its research budget toward artificial intelligence, hoping to reinvigorate revenue growth and stave off competitor Alibaba, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. Baidu employs 1,300 people on its fast-growing AI team. The team has focused much of its effort to date on speech recognition and translation, tapping consumer data from Baidu services that span cooking, shopping, and more. This is not just a private effort: The national government has tapped Baidu to lead an artificial intelligence lab because the “country’s leadership seems to understand that when it comes to artificial intelligence, cheap imitations just won’t do,” Businessweek reports.
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