Baidu’s AI ambitions dented by Andrew Ng exit

Andrew Ng, a leading artificial intelligence expert, is to leave Baidu after just three years, dealing a blow to the Chinese company’s ambitions to become a world leader in a technology it says is its “key strategic focus for the next decade”.

“Having participated in the AI transformation of two large tech companies, I’m excited about looking elsewhere,” said Mr Ng, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s top AI authorities.

Baidu has turned to AI as a future source of revenue, as its core search engine becomes less lucrative — operating profit in the final quarter of 2016 fell 38.2% year on year to Rmb2.2bn ($320m), dented by a highly publicised advertising scandal on Baidu.com.

Most of the Rmb20bn ($2.9bn) that Baidu has spent on R&D over the past two and a half years has been spent on AI.

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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