Tencent "first-line" author Han Yimin
American time on the afternoon of January 8, Baidu held a press conference in Las Vegas, Baidu, vice chairman, president, chief operating officer Lu Qi delivered a speech on the status quo of China's AI and Baidu in the field of AI layout Introduction.
"AI will drive the forthcoming Fourth Industrial Revolution. "In his speech, Lu Qi once again stressed the great potential of AI, he also believes that China has a unique structural advantage in the development of AI.
"The technology industry needs several components - talent, technology, capital, and markets," introduced by Luki, "and historically the United States was the only country that owned all of these elements. But now China also has all these elements. Although the United States remains the leader in terms of high-end technology and talent, the gap between China and the United States is narrowing and shrinking rapidly. & rdquo;
China has a large population, many Internet users, a large number of smart devices, and has the largest manufacturing and traditional industrial clusters in the world. In addition, the Chinese government is also very active in promoting AI development. These conditions are all contributing to the rapid development of China's AI industry.
Lu Qi also said that Baidu is born for all this, "In the future, Baidu will be an AI company".
Around the AI strategy, Baidu mainly from the following aspects of the layout. First of all, the use of AI to change and innovate Baidu's current core business - search, "mobile phone Baidu" personalized information push, as well as love Fantastic Art video entertainment services. In addition, a number of new AI-enabled businesses were created, in particular Apollo for autonomous driving and DuerOS for interactive conversational human-computer interaction.
Lu Qi also said that opening up a platform and building an ecosystem is the basic idea for Baidu to develop AI and get rewards from AI. "The fundamental method we use for these platforms is to jointly create an innovative ecosystem through open APIs and open platforms, To speed up the pace of innovation. & rdquo;
The following is Lu Qi speech Record (based on English speech translation):
Thank you! thank you very much! Welcome to Baidu World for the first time in Las Vegas!
Today, we are very pleased to have the opportunity to introduce you to the latest AI innovations, new platforms and new products, and more importantly, I will share with you how Baidu is accelerating AI innovation at China's speed and how we can work together through an open platform Change the world and make the world a better place.
We all know that the AI age has arrived and that it has profound social and economic consequences. It will drive the forthcoming Fourth Industrial Revolution. why? Why it has so much power? This is because AI technology has given us an unprecedented ability. This picture captures the essence of AI innovation. At its core level, AI technology is a technology about the systems we build with software, hardware, and algorithms. But these systems have the ability to learn and acquire knowledge automatically from data and use this knowledge to help us achieve our technical goals. This is the essence of AI innovation, that is, how quickly we use our knowledge. This is unprecedented because Bacon said "Knowledge is power."
With the right knowledge, we can solve any problems we encounter. But to drive AI innovation, the data will play a central role. Data is the carrier of knowledge. Without data, we will not be able to create systems that understand human dialogue. Only through the data can we create a system that can identify objects on the road and can be used in the autonomous driving platform. Therefore, capturing and using data will be a determining factor in how much and how fast AI innovations are going. This is why AI as a technology has been widely used in a wide range of reasons, but it is also really changing the existing industries, creating strong new industries.
AI technology has been widely used in a wide range of areas, changing and reforming existing industries and creating strong new industries. This is why "China + AI" will have a special opportunity to quickly release more AI innovations. This is because China will have a unique advantage in terms of structure.
We all know that the technology industry needs several components - talent, technology, capital, and the marketplace. Historically, the United States was the only country that owned all of these elements. But now China also has all these elements. Although the United States remains the leader in terms of high-end technology and talent, the gap between China and the United States is narrowing and shrinking rapidly. And we have the advantage of a large population, rapid market development. A generally friendly and enabling policy environment also helps generate and leverage more data and foster more AI innovations.
This is the basis for our development. China will have more data for AI to use. First, people. China has 1.3 billion people, including 1.1 billion mobile phone users and 750 million Internet users, all of whom are in the same market. For any AI-related people-related innovation, such as healthcare and education, we have more data to experiment with to try different ideas to implement faster. China also has the largest manufacturing and traditional industrial clusters. For our industry alone, China has more than 200 million cars and more than 200 OEMs. We have more data to dig in. We have more opportunities to make AI to promote innovation.
In addition, China also has a favorable overall environment as the Chinese government has a good grasp of what the AI can do. This is a historic opportunity for China to become an innovation powerhouse through the wave of AI. And the government has shown great sincerity and willingness to invest long term. AI is already part of the government's five-year plan. Just a few months ago, the government released a comprehensive white paper on systematic inputs to AI. In the meantime, the government is also very willing to support and nurture AI innovations through policies such as support for national AI platforms and policies designed to enable autonomous car testing and development.
These are good news for all of us worldwide because AI is global and technological innovations are good for everyone in the world. Wherever a new cure for cancer is found, it saves lives everywhere. Whenever a new learning method is discovered, it can help everyone in the world be better educated. For all of us in China's technology industry, AI innovation will enable us to embrace opportunities and lead the development and service of more people all over the world, because through our joint efforts we can change the world and make it a better place .
It is for all this Baidu is born, and we are working very hard to promote all of these innovations. Here I make a brief introduction to our company:
For everyone, it's easy - Baidu is essentially Google in China. Because of this tradition, just like Google, Baidu is clearly the leading AI company in China because the best AI technology, the best people, and the massive data assets come from our leading online services.
Baidu's AI is also very, very fast pace of development. Baidu pioneered a deep learning institute in 2013. We created a lab in Silicon Valley in 2014 called Baidu Research. In 2015, we released the first version of DuerOS, a conversational AI platform. In 2016, Baidu released a self-driving car technology and Baidu brain AI technology platform. In 2017, we set the company's AI direction through a series of new AI innovation engines, especially the launch of the Apollo autopilot platform.
In the future, Baidu will be an AI company. AI is at the heart of everything we do at Baidu. First of all, we use AI to change and innovate Baidu's current core business - personalized messaging for mobile Baidu, and Ikki's video entertainment services. Ikki is essentially Netflix in China, but offers far more content.
In addition, we will also create several new AI-enabled businesses, in particular Apollo for autonomous driving and DuerOS for interactive conversational human-computer interaction. These are huge opportunities that Baidu can grasp. They will also take full advantage of Baidu's core competitiveness and core assets. And all of these are based on the common technology platform of Baidu brain and Baidu smart cloud. Baidu's brain is clearly the most comprehensive AI platform in China. Over the years, Baidu has built a first-class cloud infrastructure and strong data asset and data processing capabilities as the underlying infrastructure.
In other areas of AI competition, Baidu is very strong in AI algorithms and we have a powerful, deep learning AI platform for cars and smart devices. Baidu brain is also the first platform to clearly separate the perception and cognitive layers. Both provide very comprehensive capabilities for all kinds of applications. Taken together, Baidu's brain is a powerful foundation for promoting large-scale innovation at Baidu, and it is also a powerful platform for all our other automotive innovations undertaken by our partners. This is why Baidu brain today has become China's most dynamic AI platform. Our third-party developers are developing very, very rapidly. The average number of daily calls to our platform is growing rapidly. At the same time, the number and variety of applications, as well as all the different types of AI innovations, are also rapidly growing at a massive scale.
Third-party applications are promising, and this is a very symbiotic relationship between Baidu and "China + AI" macro environment, as it can help enhance this platform through more third-party innovations. In the meantime, a stronger platform will also help drive more AI innovations and accelerate the pace of product and commercialization of Baidu's core AI business.
This is the main part of my speech today, releasing a new AI platform and demonstrating new AI products, specifically the Apollo platform for autopilot and the DuerOS platform for conversations. And our fundamental approach to these platforms is to accelerate the pace of innovation by creating innovative ecosystems through open APIs and open platforms.