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Facts and Analysis
Our ongoing series: The Future Artificial Intelligence – Powered World
One of the drivers we identified as powering AI, its development and spread is “needs and usage”. We then noted that this driver was particularly active in the case of China.
The deployment of a beta version of Baidu EZDL is one more evidence in this direction. In a nutshell, Baidu EZDL is a platform for machine learning, which may be used by anyone and notably small and medium size companies without AI capabilities (we have not yet tested its ease of use or its claims). It is currently limited to object recognition, images and sound. It is likely, nonetheless to vastly spread the use of AI among first Chinese small and medium-sized companies, and then globally.
This enhances China – and Baidu – positions in the AI-world in construction, while promoting globally the expansion of AI. It also escalates competition in terms of AI between China and the U.S., when tensions between the two countries is high because of the U.S. declared trade war.
Source and Signal
Michael Feldman, Baidu Launches ‘No-Code’ Tool for Building Machine Learning Models, Top500, 4 September 2018:
Baidu Launches ‘No-Code’ Tool for Building Machine Learning Models Search giant Baidu has released EZDL, a software development platform for non-programmers who want to build production-level machine learning models.