Robin Li, co-founder and CEO of Chinese technology company Baidu, talked about self-propelled and connected cars when a young man dressed in a black shirt came on stage and emptied a bottle of water over Lis's head.
Li retired and tried to shake the water from his hair and said, "What's your problem?"
"As you can see, all kinds of unexpected things can happen on the way forward in AI development," Li said a few seconds later. "But our will will not change in the future. We firmly believe that I will change everyone's life," he added.
It was not immediately clear who the man was or what his motives were, and Baidu did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Company echoes Lis's statement on Chinese social media.
"Someone threw cold water" with us at today's AI conference, "it said in a post on Chinese social network Weibo." There may be many unexpected turns on the way forward in AI developments, but we will not change ours. mind and continue to continue. "
Baidu has been at the forefront of China's artificial intelligence push and has invested billions into AI research, including the development of self-driving cars.
Although the company remains China's dominant search engine, For about 70% of the market share, the results have fallen behind big competitors like Tencent and Alibaba in recent months.
Baidu reported a net loss of 327 million yuan ($ 47 million) for the quarter ended in March due to a decline in its main online advertising business.It was the company's first loss since it was published in 2005 and compared with a surplus of 6.7 billion yuan in the same period last year.
Baidu shares are down 25% so far this year