China’s Baidu sees artificial intelligence everywhere from gadgets to taxis

September 2, 2016, 6:00 AM By Bloomberg News The search engine giant will be developing a gadget similar to Amazon’s Echo and focusing more energy and money on AI. (Bloomberg)—Baidu Inc. has unveiled its latest plans to stake out a spot in the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence, including a partnership with Nvidia Corp. to develop driverless cars and taxis and a home gadget akin to Amazon.com Inc.’s popular Echo. CEO Robin Li is banking on the search giant’s growing AI expertise to jumpstart a slowing search and advertising business, while one-upping rivals Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. The advent of all-pervasive AI will be the single most important development for the global internet sector, the company founder told investors, employees and analysts gathered at Thursday’s Baidu World…


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