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Baidu puts open source deep learning into smartphones

A year after it open sourced its PaddlePaddle deep learning suite, Baidu has dropped another piece of AI tech into the public domain – a project to put AI on smartphones. Mobile Deep Learning (MDL) landed at GitHub under the MIT license a day ago, along with the exhortation “Be all eagerness to see it”. MDL is a convolution- …
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Baidu-backed fund has a billion quid for 100 self-driving projects

A joint investment venture backed by China's Baidu is offering 10 billion yuan (£1.1bn) for 100 autonomous driving projects anywhere in the world. Other companies have announced similar money bags. Samsung, for example, launched a $300m (£222m) Automotive Innovation Fund on September 14. Baidu, which unveiled its own open- …
Andrew Silver, 21 Sep 2017
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Microsoft offers cloud to Baidu, gets autonomous car in return

Yesterday, China's search engine giant Baidu named Microsoft as a partner on its new open-source autonomous driving platform, Apollo. Technology analysts say the partnership is a smart call by Redmond. Baidu originally announced Apollo in April. It's got cloud services, software and reference hardware/vehicle platforms. It was …
Andrew Silver, 6 Jul 2017

China's Baidu, GPU monster Nvidia cuddle up at Beijing dev bash

China's top web portal Baidu kicked off its inaugural developer conference in Beijing today with a flurry of news bits and bytes. Just like most major technology companies, Baidu is flinging all its efforts into AI. The one-day event, Baidu Create, was crammed with announcements signaling the Chinese giant’s stronghold on AI …

Q. Why is Baidu sharing its secret self-driving sauce? A. To help China corner the market

Analysis Chinese tech powerhouse Baidu plans to "open up" its self-driving car designs to help automakers in China overtake Western rivals. Big corps around the world are racing to the finish line of building and selling the first proper autonomous rides. Competition is fierce – in California, 30 organizations including Tesla, Waymo, …
Katyanna Quach, 21 Apr 2017

Baidu teaches AI 'baby' bots English by ordering them around a maze

AI researchers at Chinese tech beast Baidu have attempted to teach virtual bots English in a two-dimensional maze-like world. The study “paves the way for the idea of a family robot,” a smart robo-butler that can understand orders given by its owner, it is claimed. This ability to handle normal language is essential to …
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Baidu peddles PaddlesPaddles, floats open source AI tech

Since Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM, and World+Dog have one, it's no surprise that Chinese giant Baidu would pitch an artificial intelligence offering at the waiting world. Right now, it describes PaddlePaddle – Parallel Distributed Deep Learning with a few extra capitals added – as a pre-release version. The real thing will …
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Baidu tech chief: AI smart enough to take our jobs, not our lives. Yet

ISC (RotM) Artificial intelligence is about to transform society in the same way electricity did 100 years ago, but researchers are nowhere near producing the sort of self-aware sociopathic systems beloved of sci-fi writers. At least that’s what Andrew Ng, Silicon Valley-based chief scientist at Chinese Web giant Baidu, when he kicked …
Joe Fay, 20 Jun 2016
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Snake oil ads land China's top search engine in trouble

Chinese search engine Baidu is under investigation after a case of dodgy medical advertising hit the headlines. Healthcare advertising is a lucrative line for the company, with a Tencent Technology report last year putting its income from the sector in the vicinity of US$1.5 billion in 2014. Chinese government news agency …

Browser made by China's top search engine leaks almost everything

Sit down, so you don't injure yourself falling down in surprise: the browser provided by China's Baidu is a privacy nightmare. That's the conclusion of Canada's Citizen Lab, which watched the wire while the browser was running and needed a lie-down itself from what it found. Baidu is China's top search engine and, like Google …
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China's Google clone Baidu also open-sources its AI blueprints

Chinese search-and-everything-else web giant Baidu has joined Google and Facebook in open-sourcing its artificial intelligence (AI) code in a bid to become a standard in an increasingly important market. The company's Warp-CTC C library has been published on GitHub through its Silicon Valley lab, with an accompanying blog post …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Jan 2016
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Sino the times, as Microsoft makes Baidu default search engine in China

Microsoft is cosying up with Chinese search engine Baidu in a deal which will see it ditch Bing as the default browser for Windows in the Middle Kingdom. Baidu is the dominant search engine in China with 600 million users, after Google was effectively booted out of the country. In a blog announcing the move, Microsoft's head …
Kat Hall, 24 Sep 2015
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Baidu, Google, Microsoft and Qualcomm join to invest in CloudFlare

Four internet giants – Baidu, Google, Microsoft and Qualcomm – have cosied up to join CloudFlare's most recent funding round, which raised $110m. The Content Delivery Network service, which is headquartered in San Francisco (with an additional office in London) was founded in July 2009 and is reportedly considering an IPO. It …

Bad Baidu boffin boss banished for bypassing bot body's bylaws

A researcher from Baidu has been fired after an internal inquiry blamed him for getting the company to be disqualified from a standardised and independent Artificial Intelligence test. Baidu was disqualified from the ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge (ILSVRC), despite achieving the best score, after subverting …

You've been a Baidu boy! Tech giant caught cheating on AI tests

Baidu has been shot in its liquid metal head for cheating in a standardised and independent Artificial Intelligence test. Hosted by Stanford University's vision lab, the Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge (ILSVRC) saw Baidu's algorithms compete alongside those from Google, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook's FART, among …
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AI pioneer reckons China's where the Rise of the Machines will start

Artificial intelligence pioneer and former head of the Google Brain project, Andrew Ng, has said China's fast-growing internet economy has created the conditions for the best AI research opportunities in the world. The software guru was poached by Baidu Research from Google last year to become the firm's chief scientist, and …
Kat Hall, 19 May 2015
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Uber and car makers jockey for Nokia's 'HERE' maps – report

Transport's enfant terrible, Uber, has reportedly put in a bid to acquire Nokia's HERE mapping unit. The New York Times spoke to an anonymous troika of insiders, who whispered that a bid of up to $3bn had been tabled. Three billion simoleans wouldn't be a big payday for Nokia, which bought HERE for $8.1bn in 2007 but has …

Like working at IBM? Let Big Blue do the matchmaking

IBM is running a dating service for staff in China in a bid to ensure employees stay with the company, according to reports. Corporate singles events co-hosted with other companies are already common practice at domestic IT firms such as search engine Baidu, reported the Financial Times. As if in some weird Bizarro World, IT …
Kat Hall, 13 Feb 2015

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