Q&A: Andrew Ng, chief scientist, Chinese search giant Baidu

Artificial intelligence whiz Andrew Ng hangs his hat these days at a nondescript building in Sunnyvale that serves as the Silicon Valley outpost of the Chinese search giant Baidu. The modest digs belie Biadu’s big Asian footprint. With more than 600 million monthly active mobile users, it’s often referred to as “the Google of China.” Like Google, Baidu has been exploring artificial intelligence for use on its servers and other applications. AI is deemed so important by Baidu that two years ago it hired Ng, who founded Google’s Brain Team, to be its chief scientist. Ng developed some of the underpinnings of “deep learning,” a computer programming technique that uses powerful neural networks of processors to imitate some of the human brain’s functions. The technique has achieved astonishing results and…


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