Baidu is a leading Chinese multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and artificial intelligence (AI). Founded in 2000 by Robin Li and Eric Xu, Baidu has since grown to become one of the largest and most influential technology companies in China.
Baidu's primary product is its search engine, which is the most popular search engine in China, dominating the Chinese search market with a significant market share. Similar to Google, Baidu's search engine allows users to search for web pages, images, videos, news, and other types of content.
In addition to its search engine, Baidu offers a wide range of online services and platforms. These include Baidu Maps (a mapping and navigation service), Baidu Baike (a Chinese-language online encyclopedia), Baidu Tieba (an online community forum), and Baidu Cloud (a cloud storage and computing platform). Baidu also provides various advertising services to businesses, allowing them to reach their target audiences through targeted advertising placements.
Baidu has made significant investments in artificial intelligence and is actively involved in AI research and development. It has developed and deployed AI technologies in various applications, including natural language processing, voice recognition, autonomous vehicles, and healthcare. Baidu's AI initiatives include the development of DuerOS, an AI-powered virtual assistant similar to Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri.