Google wants to get its hands on China, invests in a Beijing artificial intelligence company

As of earlier today, Google has taken a minority stake in Mobvoi, an artificial intelligence firm based in Beijing, as part of a $75 million fundraising round. TechCrunch reports that this is part of Google’s efforts to build its presence in China. The size of Google’s investment is kept private and Mobvoi maintains a controlling stake. The Chinese startup has already worked with Google. The two companies partnered to bring Google’s Android Wear smartwatch operating system to China. Mobvoi is three-years-old and has made its name in mobile voice technology. It has a mobile voice search service, named Chumenwenwen, that acts as a virtual butler. And it’s pretty reminiscent of Siri or Google Now. Using the service people can search, ask about the weather, purchase items, and more. According to…


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