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Startups in Asia

Face recognition trailblazer SenseTime rushes to be next Google

China's most valuable AI startup risks backlash amid tech cold war

CK TAN and JAMES HAND-CUKIERMAN, Nikkei staff writers | China

SHANGHAI/TOKYO -- The founder of China's most valuable artificial intelligence startup was only half-joking when he asked an MIT audience last year what company they instantly thought of when he said "AI."

"Yes, it's SenseTime," quipped Tang Xiao'ou, even though the obvious answer was Google. Someday soon, it might not seem like a joke at all.

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