The Application of Artificial Intelligence at Chinese Digital Platform Giants: Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent

Kai Jia, Martin Kenney, Juri Mattila, Timo Seppälä

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Abstract

The Chinese digital platform giants – Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent – have quickly risen to be amongst the most notable developers and users of artificial intelligence. One important catalyst for this development has been the so-called Platform Business Group (PBG) strategy used by Chinese digital platform firms. In this strategy a platform firm aims to develop powerful synergies by tightly linking together a number of different platforms it owns so as to offer multiple services to users under its umbrella. By applying the PBG strategy, Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent are able to exploit enormous multi-faceted datasets on individuals for use in the development of artificial intelligence algorithms. As a result, the Chinese platform giants appear to be taking a somewhat different approach with the development and use of artificial intelligence than their Western counterparts. If the Chinese platform giants succeed in their efforts to expand into the global market, their business strategies will introduce a different threat to the conventional European industries from those challenges already presented by Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHelsinki
PublisherETLA - The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy
Number of pages11
Volume81
ISBN (Electronic)2323-2455
ISBN (Print)2323-2447
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2018
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

NameETLA Reports
Volume81

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