The goal of this center is to find ways to improve AI through basic research while working with the large network of Google engineers in the country.
In rhe backdrop of these goals, Google has made a decision to establish its AI research centre in China, though its search services are blocked by the country.
Google is opening an artificial intelligence center in China, a market where its internet search engine, email and YouTube video website have been blocked. While this move is not as much a reversal of policy as something like bringing the Google Play Store to China, or even having Google.cn not automatically forward you to the Hong Kong variant, it is a clear sign that Google has not been blind to China's growth as a tech powerhouse.
She also stated that since Google is an "AI first company", it is an important part of their collective mission, and thus, Google wants to hire the best talent across the globe to achieve their AI mission.
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.
Since becoming a professor 12 years ago and joining Google a year ago, I've had the good fortune to work with many talented Chinese engineers, researchers and technologists. Cloud computing will be the way that most companies access AI and machine learning in the future.
Most importantly, the lab should attract local AI talent who might not otherwise have the opportunity to work for Google. Google has other AI research centers in New York, Toronto, London and Zurich. Earlier this year, Eric Schmidt, chairman of Alphabet, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai visited China. Whether a breakthrough occurs in Silicon Valley, Bejing or anywhere else, it has the potential to make everyone's life better.