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Baidu’s VP Wang Haifeng now leads Baidu Research Institute to further develop its AI application for commercial use

Baidu’s vice president, as well as head of Baidu’s AI department Wang Haifeng, will serve as director of Baidu Research Institute (in Chinese). With Wang’s increased dominance in Baidu’s AI arm, Baidu’s Artificial Intelligence Group (AIG) will strengthen R&D on the AI application technology for commercial use, including autonomous driving and airport services. In March this […]

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Baidu restores Terracotta Army with AR

When you visit the Terracotta Army (兵马俑 bīngmǎyǒng) in west China’s Xi’an, you will feel amazed by the grandeur of the innumerable clay soldiers and horses, which were buried with China’s first emperor Qinshihuang to accompany him to the afterlife. In people’s mind, these terracotta sculptures look vivid and lifelike, but the grayness is boring […]

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Baidu announces RMB 10 billion yuan fund for autonomous driving and launches Apollo 1.5

Baidu’s self-driving vehicle platform Apollo, known as the “Android of the auto industry” for its open source code has gotten its first update. The platform— designed to speed up speeding up self-driving development and boost cooperation between automotive and internet companies—was announced in July at Baidu’s inaugural AI Developers Conference in Beijing where TechNode got […]

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China’s largest internet IP dispute goes to court (again)

After three years of lawsuits, China’s two biggest search engines—Baidu and Sogou—are seeing each other in court again. The negotiations over patent infringement accusations have failed and the two parties have started presenting their cases at the Beijing Intellectual Property Court on Thursday (in Chinese). Sogou vs. Baidu is China’s largest patent lawsuit and has […]

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A short history of Baidu’s blunders and why we should look beyond them

Bashing Baidu, China’s largest internet search engine, has become almost a sport among Chinese social media users. The company has been called “the greatest evil of human nature” and a “human-eating machine”—not your average complaints from annoyed tech users. The latest example illustrates just how keen has become Baidu to defend its reputation: GQ Daily, […]

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Baidu buys Kitt.ai and other news from its first AI conference

“Our rivals don’t buy technology companies. They buy products, but not companies,” claims Baidu CEO Robin Li as his company announces its acquisition of natural language processing company Kitt.ai at the Create 2017 Baidu AI Developers Conference in Beijing. Kitt.ai has “wake” technology—algorithms that let devices be programmed to wake up and start listening to […]