Baidu top exec behind firm’s AI drive to step down

A man using a laptop computer walks past an illuminated sign for Baidu Inc. at the Baidu Technology Park in Beijing, China, on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Photographer: Bloomberg/Bloomberg

Lu Qi, who oversaw Baidu Inc’s shift to artificial intelligence (AI) after a damaging ad scandal in 2016, is stepping down as chief operating officer, China’s biggest search engine said on Friday.

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