May 24, 2022

AI Expert Predicts Half of Web Searches Will Soon be Speech and Images

From Venture Beat:

“In five years, we think 50 percent of queries will be on speech or images,” Andrew Ng, Baidu’s chief scientist and the head of Baidu Research, said Wednesday during a Gigaom meetup on his area of expertise, deep learning.


At Baidu in particular, deep learning has informed speech recognition, image search, web ranking, and advertising systems, said Ng, who joined Baidu from Google earlier this year.

Making Baidu’s neural networks more accurate — a key focus for Ng now — could yield more effective searches in countries where significant percentages of populations are illiterate.

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