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Alibaba, Naver, Didi battle for AI talent

In L.A., tech titans face off at an aggressive recruitment tournament

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang (right, facing) is surrounded by students at the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems in Los Angeles in December.

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- As artificial intelligence becomes indispensable in fields such as autonomous driving and advanced medicine, the global war for top talent among the leading tech companies is heating up.

The 31st Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, or NIPS, held in Los Angeles earlier this month, was a battlefield for talent -- the most aggressive recruitment ever, according to a regular participant. Chinese and South Korean companies were especially energetic.

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