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China’s top search engine company Baidu made a smart cat shelter in Beijing that uses AI to verify when a cat is approaching and open its door. The cat shelter is heated and also offers cats food and water. Besides running China’s main search engine, Baidu also works on AI tools in general and owns iQiyi, a Netflix-like rival that uses algorithms to determine what viewers may be interested in watching next. While cat shelters ordinarily seem out of the scope of what Baidu does, the company says that the idea first came to one employee, Wan Xi, who uncovered a small cat hiding in his car last winter and began to sympathize with the plight of other stray cats. Wan then apparently shut himself at home to develop software and work on a... Continue reading…