A person poured a bottle of water over Baidu Inc. Chief Executive Robin Li on Wednesday on the opening of an annual convention for the Chinese search giant.
Li was talking of applications for artificial intelligence in a speech when the young man approached him, splashed the liquid over Li’s head, and walked away.
“What’s your problem?” Li shouted in English.
“There are numerous difficulties on the road to achieving AI, but it surely will not influence Baidu’s determination,” Li calmly mentioned to the applause of the audience.
He then went on with the lecture.
The incident took place at the beginning of Baidu Create 2019, a yearly gathering where the company shows off its advances in AI.
The identity and motivation of the person who poured the water were not recognized, and he could not be reached for comment.
The company later mentioned the somebody had “poured cold water” on AI however it might press forward and will never change.
Baidu and Li have long been the mark of public anger over anticipated problems linked to searches.
The company confronted a significant public backlash in 2016 when a Chinese student died after in search of a medical treatment advertised on Baidu’s search pages.
This year, a journalist’s prolonged criticism of the quality of Baidu’s search results went viral.
Some commentators made enjoyable of the incident on the Weibo social media platform.
“Regardless of how much you hate Robin Li, it is a waste of water,” one Weibo user wrote.