Baidu, the Chinese search engine, is busy making partnerships and acquisitions to strengthen its Artificial Intelligence footprint, thus strengthening China’s Artificial Intelligence footprint.
On the acquisition front, Baidu is scooping up Kitt.ai, makers of a conversational language engine called ChatFlow and a customizable “hotword” detection platform named Snowboy. The platforms are deployed in things like smartphone apps, speakers, appliances and chatbots, and apparently have sold well enough to make Kitt.ai profitable.
In a blog post, Kitt.ai co-founder Xuchen Yao said joining Baidu will allow the three-man startup to bring its technology to more developers using machine learning and natural language processing technologies in their products.
…As for the Nvidia partnership, the two companies plan to work together on AI research, with Baidu deploying some of Nvidia’s server hardware in its data centers to advance its deep learning platform and conversational AI system, and improve its ability to process data from images, speech text and video.
With these most recent partnerships and acquisitions, Baidu is making it clear that AI is a top priority for their future. Among several other Chinese companies fighting to gain dominance in AI powered markets like driverless cars and cloud storage optimization, these two partnerships may help Baidu jump to the front of the race.
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