SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – A person poured a bottle of water over Baidu Inc Chief Government Robin Li on Wednesday on the opening of an annual convention for the Chinese language search big.
Baidu’s co-founder and CEO Robin Li delivers a keynote speech on the opening session of Baidu’s annual AI builders convention Baidu Create 2019 in Beijing, China, July 3, 2019. REUTERS/Yilei Solar
Li was talking of functions for synthetic intelligence (AI) in a speech when the younger man approached him, spilled the liquid over Li’s head, and walked away.
“What’s your drawback?” Li shouted in English.
“There are numerous difficulties on the street to attain AI, but it surely won’t affect Baidu’s dedication,” Li calmly stated to the applause of the viewers.
He then went on with the lecture.
The incident passed off at the beginning of Baidu Create 2019, a yearly gathering the place the corporate exhibits off its advances in AI.
The identification and motive of the person who poured the water weren’t recognized and he couldn’t be reached for remark.
The corporate later stated the somebody had “poured chilly water” on AI however it might press ahead and by no means change.
Baidu and Li have lengthy been targets of public anger over perceived issues linked to searches.
The corporate confronted a serious public backlash in 2016 when a Chinese language pupil died after searching for a medical therapy marketed on Baidu’s search pages.
This 12 months, a journalist’s prolonged criticism of the standard of Baidu’s search outcomes went viral.
Some commentators made enjoyable of the incident on the Weibo social media platform.
“Irrespective of how a lot you hate Robin Li, this can be a waste of water,” one Weibo consumer wrote.
Reporting by Josh Horwitz and Yilei Solar; Modifying by Robert Birsel