The high-stakes battle between China and the US for AI supremacy has domestic lawmakers concerned over what this could mean for American prosperity, national security, and the economy. The collaboration comes as the world’s two largest economies pour resources into the race for dominance in the field.
At the Ray Summit in San Francisco, Microsoft principal software engineer Ali Kanso and ByteDance software engineer Jiaxin Shan discussed their progress with data scientists, machine learning experts, and other developers interested in building powerful open-source software called Ray.
Kanso and Shan explained the technical details behind KubeRay. They pitched the software as helpful in powering AI applications that run on multiple computers or distributed computing. According to his LinkedIn profile, Shan, who earlier worked as a software engineer at Amazon Web Services, is from the Seattle area, near Microsoft’s headquarters.
Microsoft has invested extensively in AI along with competitors like Amazon, Alphabet, Meta, and Apple. Like Google once did, Microsoft maintains an AI research lab in China, helping it tap into the academic talent of the country.
Meanwhile, as TikTok’s usage has drastically increased recently, ByteDance has been foraying into various AI open-source projects. In 2020, ByteDance debuted its software tool kit NeurST for AI-powered speech translation. And last year, the company debuted its open-source enterprise software CloudWeGo.