A man (R) pouring water Baidu co-founder and CEO Robin Li during Baidu Create 2019 in Beijing on Wednesday. AFP
A man poured a bottle of water over Baidu Inc Chief Executive Robin Li on Wednesday at the opening of an annual conference for the Chinese search giant.
Li was speaking of applications for artificial intelligence (AI) in a speech when the young man approached him, spilled the liquid over Li's head, and walked away.
“What's your problem?” Li shouted in English.
“There are many difficulties on the road to achieve AI, but it will not impact Baidu's determination,” Li calmly said to the applause of the audience.
He then went on with the lecture.
The incident took place at the start of Baidu Create 2019, a yearly gathering where the company shows off its advances in AI.
The identity and motive of the man who poured the water were not known and he could not be reached for comment.
The company later said the someone had “poured cold water” on AI but it would press forward and never change.
Baidu and Li have long been targets of public anger over perceived problems linked to searches.
The company faced a major public backlash in 2016 when a Chinese student died after seeking a medical treatment advertised on Baidu's search pages.
This year, a journalist's lengthy criticism of the quality of Baidu's search results went viral.
Some commentators made fun of the incident on the Weibo social media platform.
“No matter how much you hate Robin Li, this is a waste of water,” one Weibo user wrote.
Chinese authorities have detained a man in connection with an investigation of an incident in which a man poured a bottle of water over Robin Li, chief executive of Chinese search giant Baidu Inc, at a conference,
Local farmers are counting their blessings after unexpected heavy rainfall at the end of 2018 caused the dams to overflow by early January and water came gushing back to the wetlands in southeastern Iraq.
Team Abu Dhabi are primed for a major effort to secure a second victory in the prestigious 24 Hours of Rouen endurance race which gets under way on the River Seine in Northern France on Tuesday.
Earlier this week, Hamdan shared videos and photos of the bird building the nest. Ever since, the Royal has not been near his car and therefore told everyone to stay off the area.
Breastfeeding mothers-whether they are “suspected COVID19 or are COVID19 positive”-must be encouraged to fulfill their obligations to their newborns and babies.
The first-of-its-kind free of cost COVID-19 Rehabilitation Programme in the UAE has been launched by a multispecialty hospital located in Ras Al Khaimah to improve the health prospects of COVID-19 patients, through optimising health and functioning outcomes, facilitating early discharge, and reducing the risk of readmission.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s comments follow the denial of a bail request in California for a university researcher accused of lying about her ties to China’s military and governing Communist Party to gain access to the United States.