US-based Remark Holdings wants to bring all the data from all the major social networks around the world onto one platform. The company has amassed data on 1.3 billion people from social and consumer sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Sina Weibo, Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent—and you are likely one of them.  Currently, they are developing artificial intelligence algorithms and, aside from China’s big data players, they are working with international consumer brands and fintech companies in China.

How were they able to amass so much data? How can they turn this mess of social posts and random shopping decisions into pure AI-driven gold? And why are Chinese tech companies relying on an AI company from the US?

“What we are working on together serves both sides with two purposes,” Remark’s CTO Jason Wei began explaining. “One is to marry the data from both sides into useful models.”

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.