Baidu, the ‘Chinese Google,’ Is Teaching AI to Spot Malware

Andrew Ng picks up his iPhone and opens an app called FaceYou.Ng, the chief scientist at Chinese Internet giant Baidu, is eating lunch at his desk inside the company’s Silicon Valley research lab, and naturally, the conversation revolves around artificial intelligence. Ng, who moonlights as a professor of computer science at Stanford, helped launch the Google Brain project at that other search giant down the road, and now, he’s exploring similar AI research at Baidu. FaceYou is a way of demonstrating some of the company’s latest work with what’s called deep learning. Released just before Halloween, the app taps into a live video image of your face, fitting your mug with a kind of virtual mask. FaceYou It can make you look like Barack Obama or Bill Clinton or JFK or, uh,…


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