The next frontier in the digital economy space seems to be artificial intelligence, and the world’s top tech companies, from Google to Facebook to Tesla are scrambling to be on top of its innovation.

This is also as their Chinese competitors Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu bid to master what many consider is the future of computing.

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However, when it comes to artificial intelligence, China has a team to beat.

It has a pool of talent that the American internet giants cannot ignore.

That is why Google has moved to China in a bid to hunt for talent to drive its AI goals.

On Wednesday, Google announced that it will open a new artificial intelligence research centre in Beijing.

This is despite the US search giant's exclusion from the country's internet.

AI research has the potential to boost developments in self-driving cars and automated factories, translation products and facial recognition software, among others.

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Google's move to open a Beijing office focused on fundamental research is an indication of China's AI talent, widely seen as being neck-and-neck with the United States in research capability.

"Chinese authors contributed 43% of all content in the top 100 AI journals in 2015," Li Feifei, a researcher leading the new centre, wrote in a blog post on Google's website.

"We've already hired some top experts, and will be working to build the team in the months ahead."

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