Singapore-based JobTech, Asia's leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data Analytics Company, issued a challenge to Google through a letter sent to Vint Cerf, Google's VP and Chief Internet Evangelist.
The letter, emailed to Cerf on Monday, stated: "We hope to have the opportunity to benchmark JobTech with Google for Jobs. We would like to propose a competition between JobTech and Google for Jobs on the accuracy of job matching."
Cerf responded to the challenge, saying he will raise it internally for consideration.
Launched in late 2016, JobTech, applies deep machine learning and distributional semantics technologies to help people find work and to help employers identify the right employees. The team has created a skills graph made up of more than 50 million datapoints from across Asia. The graph gives invaluable insights into regional skills, competencies and job opportunities.
"Vint Cerf's response has invigorated our team," said JobTech co-founder Wee Tiong Ang. "We are thrilled and humbled that he took time to read our letter and respond."
Ang said: "When Google announced Google For Jobs, we were excited as it validates the pioneering work we'd done in Asia with JobTech. We've built an AI engine that can process local nuances in this diverse region with Asian language capabilities in Vietnamese, Japanese, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, and English. Asia is our wheelhouse. We may not be Google, but JobTech has spent 10 years developing this deep technology that crunches jobs data faster and more accurately than ever before; and we are ready to put our money where our mouth is."
"We want a friendly challenge with Google and look forward to pitting our team against theirs."
JobTech hopes to prove that its technology is more efficient and accurate in job matching than Google. JobTech has proposed that in the challenge, each team will be racing to find the perfect job for a job seeker in Singapore, or in the region.
Co-founder Ang said: "The best outcome obviously, is a win against Google, but we are also excited for the chance to compete alongside great engineers who've built the most powerful search engine in the world. We can certainly learn from each other."
Edited by: G. Davila