Google pulled some of its core businesses out of China seven years ago, after concluding that government controls and surveillance ran counter to its commitment to a free and open internet.
Since then, as China’s online scene has grown and prospered, the American search giant has been looking for ways to tiptoe back in.
Google’s Return to China Foretells a Global Race to Deliver AI
When Google abandoned the Chinese search market over government censorship in 2010, it seemed a remarkably principled act of self-sabotage. The company’s decision to return to China today, by establishing a new AI research center in Beijing, is all about safeguarding its future.
The center was announced at an event in Shanghai today by Fei-Fei Li, a prominent AI researcher and the chief scientist at Google Cloud. With the announcement, Google is acknowledging the growing importance of China for the future of AI. It is also setting the stage for a battle over who gets to deliver AI to the rest of the world.