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Chinese technology firms are set to focus on artificial intelligence and augmented reality for growth this year, experts say.
The country, which prevents Internet users from reaching Western websites and services like Facebook and Google, is building its own infrastructure based on advanced technology.
For example, the country’s big search engine, Baidu, the Chinese equivalent of Google, has hired former Microsoft exec Qi Lu to serve as chief operating officer. Lu was in charge of Microsoft’s applications and services division, especially strategies for AI and “chatbots.” Baido says hiring the Microsoft exec is part of its strategy to become “a global leader in AI.”
Baidu is also opening an advanced augmented reality laboratory in Beijing.The company is already using computer vision and deep learning technology to create a richer online world for millions of users within China. The new lab, which employs 55 researchers, is intended to boost the company’s fortunes through the development of marketing tools powered by so-called augmented reality.
China’s Tencent produces the mobile app WeChat, which claims to have 846 million active users.Tencent, too, is building an AI lab.The company says its researchers are likely to start sharing the results of their work at conferences later this year. A study by Japan’s National Institute of Science and Technology Policy revealed that Chinese researchers published almost as many AI-related research reports as American researchers in 2015.
Baidu and Tencent are large enough to fund their own AI initiatives.For smaller companies, Chinese investors are poised to open their wallets.The South China Morning Post says that all serious investors must include AI and AR in their portfolios.