A Man Walked On Stage and Splashed Water On Chinese Tech Billionaire

One of the Chinese top tech billionaires faced an uncommon interruption to his speech at a company event on Wednesday, when a person walked on stage and splashed him with water.

Robin Li, the co-founder, and CEO of China’s technology company Baidu was talking about self-driving and connected cars when a young man wearing a black shirt came on stage and spilled a bottle of water over Li’s head.

Li stepped back, attempting to shake the water from his hair, and stated, “What’s your problem?”

“As you can see, all types of unexpected issues might occur on our way forward in AI improvement,” Li stated just a few seconds later. “However, our determination will not change going forward. We firmly consider AI will change everyone’s life,” he added.

It was not instantly clear who the person was or what his motives have been, and Baidu didn’t instantly respond to a request for comment.

The corporate echoed Li’s statement on Chinese social media.

“Someone ‘threw cold water’ at us in today’s AI conference,” it stated in a post on Chinese social network Weibo. “There could also be all kinds of unexpected turns on our path forward in AI development. However, we won’t change our mind and will keep going ahead.”

Baidu was at the forefront of China’s AI push and has invested billions into AI analysis together with the development of self-driving vehicles.

Though the corporate remains China’s dominant search engine, accounting for some 70% of the market share, its performance has fallen behind main rivals such as Tencent and Alibaba in recent months.