Google building Beijing AI team

Google building Beijing AI team

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Despite being all but locked out of China, Google is ramping up efforts to tap a vital technology resource in the country: engineering talent. The Financial Times reports that the US tech giant is advertising for artificial-intelligence experts in Beijing, where it has expanded rapidly in the past few years. Google hinted in May, at an AI summit near Shanghai, that it was looking to set up its first China-based AI research team. The move pits Google in the race for talent against domestic group Baidu, which is also headquartered in Beijing's northwestern tech village and has been stepping up its own efforts to hire AI researchers in Beijing and Silicon Valley. Although Google's search engine has been blocked in China since 2010, the company has maintained a presence in the country and has made progress in mending relations, most recently by collaborating with local government on the AI summit in the town of Wuzhen.