Microsoft is partnering with Chinese institutions to penetrate the Chinese AI market.
The company will set up an open platform with four Chinese universities to share it’s AI data and tools, allowing it to offer its services to local companies, unlike Google and Amazon, who do not have local partnerships.
Microsoft will however still face stiff competition from local rivals like Baidu Inc, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd, who dominate the market,
Microsoft says it has more than 8,000 employees focussed on AI research and development, and at a Beijing event on Monday showed of its AI chip system, Project Brainwave and how “XiaoIce”, its Chinese digital assistant for chats, can emulate people’s voices, converse with humans over the phone and even compose poetry.
“As the global and Chinese AI market keeps evolving it’s very important to have a global perspective,” Microsoft executive vice-president Harry Shum told developers and executives at the Microsoft AI Innovate event on Monday. “We hope we can democratise AI.”