The ‘Crazy’ Pace of Chinese Tech Company Baidu

Jun 28, 2016 11:26 am HKT Two years into his gig as chief scientist for Chinese internet giant Baidu Inc., Andrew Ng, the former Google executive who founded the company’s artificial-intelligence unit, is pushing Baidu to become a leader in artificial intelligence. “Baidu is clearly playing on the highest levels on the global stage and that takes real innovation,” Mr. Ng said. “Frankly there aren’t other Chinese companies I bother to benchmark us with.” Leading a team of about 800 employees, Mr. Ng says Baidu has become a leader in high-performance computing that has allowed the company to be among the upper echelon of tech firms to apply deep learning — where computers learn by themselves — to internet search, improve speech recognition, and develop autonomous-driving cars. Mr. Ng spoke…


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