Baidu to lose chief scientist
BEIJING: The chief scientist helping drive Baidu Inc’s push into artificial intelligence (AI) is quitting the Chinese search giant, putting at risk its efforts to put AI at the centre of a business revival.
Andrew Ng, a Stanford University academic who worked on deep learning at Alphabet Inc before joining Baidu in 2014, said he was leaving the business next month.
Ng doesn’t plan to join another technology company and will seek to bring AI into sectors such as healthcare and education around the world.
The departure comes at a crucial point for Baidu as it attempts to revive its fortunes by embracing machine intelligence across all of its business units.
“It’s all very amicable,” said Ng, adding that he’d discussed the move with Baidu co-founder Robin Li for several months.
“I’m very confident the team will survive. In China, Baidu is so far ahead and AI is not easy.”
Ng is a founding father of deep learning — a stream of AI recently popularised by tech giants around the world — and the public face of Baidu’s AI efforts. Bloomberg