Alibaba launches research arm for AI, quantum computing, and other emerging tech

Alibaba launches research arm for AI, quantum computing, and other emerging tech

Alibaba launches research arm for AI, quantum computing, and other emerging tech

The program is called as the Academy for Discovery, Adventure, Momentum and Outlook-DAMO Academy in short. With special talent recruited for the objective across several labs spread around the world, including at home in China and in countries like the United States, Singapore, Russia and Israel.

Alibaba Group announced today that it's launching a new research organization aimed at tackling emerging technologies like machine learning, network security, the internet of things, and quantum computing.

In an intriguing new development, the company is to launch seven research bases in Israel; China; the US; Russia and Singapore and is looking for talent in fields like quantum computing, fintech and AI.

According to Chinese tech giant the company is recruiting 100 researchers and they will help it in achieving its goal of serving two billion customers and providing 100 million jobs by 2036.

The labs will also collaborate with universities, for example the Academy will work with the University of California, Berkeley on areas such as secured real-time computing.

"The labs will help solve issues that Alibaba is now facing across its business lines", Jeff Zhang, Alibaba's chief technology officer, said in a telephone interview.

The academy has also named a 10-member advisory board, which include professors from top universities in China and the United States. "We aim to discover breakthrough technologies that will enable greater efficiency, network security and ecosystem synergy for end users and businesses everywhere", said Zhang, reports theFinancial Times.

The new academy, which will be headed by Alibaba Group's chief technology officer Jeff Zhang, is looking to "increase technological collaboration worldwide, advance the development of cutting-edge technology and strive to make the world more inclusive by narrowing the technology gap", Alibaba said in a statement. Now the e-commerce giant has 25,000 engineers and scientists on its staff and hopes to create 100m job opportunities within the next two decades. With our global expansion, we have grown and refined our technology manifold.

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