In January 10th, the president and COO of Baidu group attended the CES 5G Panel. They discussed 5G, AI, and autopilot cars together with two guests from Qualcomm and Verizon.
Lu Qi believes that in the new mobile environment created by 5G,
Lu Qi also talked about the significance of AI technology in Baidu . He said Baidu is
For Baidu , Lu Qi thinks it already has a global view , he said
At the same time, he showed great confidence in the innovation between China and the United States.
The following is a dialogic record of Lu Qi's participation in CES 5G Panel:
Sue Marek:Good morning! Thank you for joining us today. I'm sure everyone has a lot of questions to ask, and some people ask me a lot of questions: what is 5G? What will it be different from 4G? We will discuss these issues today. So I'd like to ask the guest of our discussion. We have a very good group of guests to discuss. Let's come out, gentlemen. (applause, play music) Cristiano R. Amon from Qualcomm Corp, Lu Qi from Baidu, Hans Vestberg from Verizon. Thank you all. Let's start. Lu Qi, I want to start with you first, because I think the audience may have a full understanding of how Baidu is a company, the business you are doing. Please give a brief introduction to Baidu.
Lu Qi：First of all, thank you for giving me this opportunity! Let me give you a brief introduction to Baidu. The simplest way to understand Baidu is to use Baidu as a Chinese Google. It is the largest search engine in the Chinese market and is very powerful in data services. Baidu is a company that has been innovating very fast. We think we are a AI company aiming to accelerate innovation. We are committed to realizing the commercialization and commercialization of AI technology. What I want to emphasize is that the most important thing is to commercialize the technology, otherwise everything is empty.
So specifically, we are going to use AI to change our current business. Search is still important in our view, but in one
More importantly, a series of new businesses are built through AI, especially autopilot and conversational AI. For me personally, I have been engaged in technical work in Microsoft and YAHOO, I think the frontier areas to promote the development of AI is the two platform: a dialogue is AI, it will achieve a new form of interaction, because we mainly through the touch of a finger today, after the speech, natural language interaction model will be everywhere. At present, we have a dialogic AI operating system DuerOS, which is much more powerful in the Chinese market.
The other is the autopilot system, Apollo, a powerful open platform and a car engine, but much more powerful than an ordinary engine. At the CES exhibition two days ago, we first displayed a fleet of 10 cars. These cars are built on the same platform, and they are all autopilot, which is great.
So, in short, Baidu is a company that uses AI technology to innovate quickly, and we also rely on what we're talking about.
Sue Marek:People talk about 5G for a long time. Can you tell us what we have to do with 5G, what does Baidu have to do with 5G?
Lu Qi：From the Baidu point of view, the real change will be AI 5G.
What can they do? Specifically, we focus on several aspects, one of which is mission-critical (key task). Especially for Apollo platform, we have been working with partners in the automotive industry, and our relationship with everyone is very harmonious. Nevertheless, when you put those network connections and connectivity and computing sensors on a car, the car will drive itself. And this will create an important problem: its safety (safety), security (Security), and a self driving car is also a weapon in principle, so you have to ensure that the chipset has a strong built-in security system. So I think security, safety, reliability, and mission-critical are changing.
It's also about the mobile vitality in the mobile industry. From a microcosmic perspective, AI will greatly change the industry in the mobile industry. The reason is that mobility is the basic essence of intelligence (Intelligence) (fundamental essence). This is also the difference between animals and plants: animals must move, and if you need to move, you have to remember (memorize) and generalize. The calculation in AI is about memory (memorization) and generalization (generalization), and mobility is also critical. This is because I am deeply studying the technology of automatic driving vehicle, which is a new field, because of its mission-critical nature, it will cover the frontiers of intelligent system that we build.
Another aspect is privacy . I think privacy is extremely important , because now you ' re at home , in the car , in almost all places with voice - enabled devices , so you ' d like to have a way to ensure privacy . I think
Sue Marek:Lu Qi, can you talk about China and what China will do in 5G? Is China deploying 5G as fast as it is in the United States, or will it be faster?
Lu Qi：Yes. Baidu is not a company that focuses on communication, but we are also involved in the communications industry. We have cooperation with the three major mobile operators in China. By the way, Baidu, one of the investment institutions of China Unicom, has been involved in the mixed reform of China Unicom.
From our perspective , Baidu is involved in many areas , one of which is the Internet of Things ( iot ) . Specifically , it is related to the battery . The battery industry is large in scale and involves square faces .
Sue Marek:You probably should explain what this means to us, because I'm not sure everyone knows.
Lu Qi：We need these accessories to let the car communicate with other things
As part of the Apollo platform, we are working with partners to design and implement a new form of V2X communication in the application scenario. In this particular scenario, you need policy innovation and technology and infrastructure programs. Baidu is working with several Chinese municipal governments to create new infrastructure, which not only makes the deployment of new technologies easier, but also makes the whole city more efficient in the future.
For example, not long ago, as we expected, there is a city called Xiong an, which is the next legend of China and a legend built from scratch. President Xi Jinping started the grand plan, which was designed to be bigger than Shenzhen, Dubai, and many other cities. At the same time, it also needs to lead the future urban design, which requires the design of new infrastructure, communication infrastructure and automated transportation system. We believe that at the present stage, policy innovation, technological innovation, and changeable and commercializable opportunities, which promote innovation, are the key to promote the rapid landing of the new generation of infrastructure. Once the infrastructure is in place, innovation will speed up. We can start with a few big areas: autopilot is absolutely one in our opinion, and a conversational AI for smartphones is the other.
I also want to add, I think this is going to speed up. Because that's the case, AI innovation will speed up, and AI needs a lot of data because of its basic features. In many ways, data is a a moving form of capital, a production tool. In the AI era, you could not build such a system without excellent talents and millions of engineers. And you have to have data, or you can't build a system that can identify road obstacles and navigate.
The key issue is that with more data, the innovation cycle will accelerate. China, in particular, has a population of 1.38 billion, and more than 1.1 billion smartphone users have 751 million Internet users
China has more population and more traditional industries can dig more data, so I think data will continue to generate. Our job is to really release data and create real value for our customers.
Sue Marek:It is surprising that you have already had a commercial product for 8 months and you will have three cars next year.
Lu Qi：The platform was launched last July, and our L4 model is put into production, and the model is actually autopilot. It's beyond our greatest imagination. Another thing I want to say is that Baidu has taken an open platform. We have an open platform for cars and an open platform for dialogic AI, so I am very confident of Baidu. Our open platform, open innovation, and speed up the business opportunities in China, and the policy of road testing for allowing automatic driving cars in China, we hope to benefit the whole world through our innovation. I think the opportunity will continue through the efforts of the United States, China and other markets.
Sue Marek:We talked a lot about speed, Gigabit, LTE, but latency (delay) is another key aspect. We talked about AI and autopilot, so what's the impact of latency?
Lu Qi：For the car, I will emphasize its mission-critical (key task) feature, because in most cases you have to make a quick decision and adjust. So the connection time delay can cause a lot of problems, and we have to reduce the delay. From my personal experience, we always have to optimize the delay to 1 milliseconds, 2 milliseconds. For me, 5G is not just a technology, it's great, it can create a lot of opportunities for us.
I'm very convinced that AI is the best partner in the 5G network or the best accelerator (accelerator). Another thing I want to mention is that for China, to be honest, mobile Internet, mobile platform are far ahead of the US, mobile payment and other services are more advanced. I suggest that businesses in the mobile Internet need to think about what they can do in mobile payments and other areas. In particular, from the point of view of Baidu, we think video will be an area with great business opportunities. Especially with the passage of time, video will carry more and more forms of written language and communication content, so video will provide a series of very good opportunities.
Each company needs a digital transformation, a wide network connection, and a lower delay. I think they should think about what aspects can reduce costs and expand user groups, innovate and transform their existing products and push them to a new level. There are many opportunities for everyone.
We think that in China we call 2017 AI
Sue Marek:Will we launch a new autopilot at this time next year?
Lu Qi：Yes, absolutely. I think this speed will be accelerated, and dialogue AI, smart phone, equipment deployment will also be accelerated, and the commercial landing of technology will be more. The last thing I want to say is that the speed of innovation in the US, China and the whole world, especially the speed of innovation through open platform, will benefit everyone. Next year, when we go to CES again, we will see more innovations and more innovations from China. These innovations will surpass national boundaries and benefit people from other parts of the world.