Baidu to donate quantum facility to state-backed lab in similar move to Alibaba
Chinese search engine giant Baidu is donating its quantum computing research facility to a state-backed laboratory in Beijing, following a similar move by Alibaba last year, as both firms renew their focus on AI.
Chinese search engine giant Baidu is donating its quantum computing research facility to the Beijing Academy of Quantum Information Sciences (BAQIS), in a move similar to one made last year by e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, as both firms lock horns in the country’s artificial intelligence (AI) race.
Baidu said on Thursday it would donate its Baidu Institute for Quantum Computing and associated experiment apparatus to BAQIS, a government-backed laboratory. The two parties are currently discussing details of the donation, according to a company statement.
Beijing-based Baidu, which was an early Chinese investor in AI applications including autonomous driving, established its quantum computing facility in early 2018.