Baidu’s chief scientist explains why computers won’t take over the world just yet

Artificial intelligence is seemingly everywhere today, doing everything from powering voice controls and image search on our smartphones to supplying the brains for autonomous cars and robots. And while research on the topic from Google GOOG , Facebook FB and Microsoft MSFT gets most of the attention in the United States, Chinese search giant Baidu BIDU is also a major player in the space. Its efforts are led by Andrew Ng, the company’s chief scientist who previously taught machine learning at Stanford, co-founded Coursera and helped create the Google Brain project. In 2012, Google Brain kicked off mainstream interest in a field of AI known as deep learning by showing how computers can teach themselves to recognize cats in YouTube videos. In this interview, Ng, who works out of Baidu’s…


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