By Josh Horwitz and Yilei Sun
SHANGHAI / BEIJING (Reuters) – A man poured a bottle of water over Baidu Inc (NASDAQ 🙂 CEO Robin Li Wednesday at the opening of an annual Chinese search giant conference.
Li talked about applications for artificial intelligence (AI) in a speech When the young man approached, the liquid spilled over Lis's head and walked away.
"What's your problem?" Li shouted in English.
"There are many difficulties along the way to achieving AI, but it will not affect Baidu's determination," Li said calmly to the applause of the audience.
He continued with the lecture.
The incident took place at the beginning of Baidu Create 201
The identity and motive of the man who poured the water was not known, and he could not be reached for comment.
The company later said that someone had "poured cold water" on the AI, but it would push ahead and never change.
Baidu and Li have long been the targets of public repentance over experienced issues related to search.
The company faced a major public downturn in 2016 when a Chinese student died after seeking medical treatment announced on Baidu's search sites.
This year, the journalist's long criticism of the quality of Baidu's search results became viral.
Some commentators made fun of the event on the Weibo social media platform.
"No matter how much you hate Robin Li, this is a waste of water," a Weibo user said.
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