Accelerate 100 excellent AI innovation teams in 3 years, which is the goal of Intel in 2018 when it proposed the AI top 100 innovation incentive plan. A year and a half later, 46 AI innovation companies have joined the AI Baijia innovation incentive plan, and the program has entered the third phase.
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Li Desheng, managing director of Intel's China Strategic Cooperation and Innovation Business Department, told Lei Feng and other media this week:
Li Desheng, managing director of Intel China strategic cooperation and innovation business department
The first and second phases of AI Baijia innovation incentive plan also explored many excellent projects and helped these teams to implement in more than 20 fields, including smart city, smart factory, smart healthcare, smart retail, smart education and smart finance.
Recently, the 16 selected teams in the third phase were selected from more than 300 teams, covering finance, industrial manufacturing, medical treatment, transportation, construction, agriculture and other fields.
In other words, each phase of AI Baijia innovation incentive plan is expanding the implementation field of AI. This is very important because AI is widely used. Currently, there is no general solution that can meet the needs of all applications. If AI wants to land in specific scenarios, it needs to understand both AI and industry.
Li Desheng said that if AI wants to play a real value, it must understand the mode of traditional industries, not just from the perspective of it or technology companies. For example, in the third phase of the agricultural sector, if there is no industry experience, it is really difficult to combine the industry and AI.
How does Intel AI Best Innovation Incentive Plan pick the industry? Li Desheng told Lei Feng net (public name: Lei Feng net),
It is reported that the 46 companies that Intel has accelerated are now valued at around 50 billion yuan, of which 14 have been valued at more than 1 billion yuan.
Li Desheng believes that the third phase of the plan, which started recently, has three characteristics: wider distribution, closer and deeper integration with industries, and more pragmatic in many industries. For these selected companies, Intel will continue to support the selected teams in terms of technology, brand, marketing and ecological cooperation.
This is very important,With the promotion of AI, the requirements of cost and performance are also higher and higher. Only through the customized plan can we achieve the optimal performance and product.To be more specific, many AI companies are good at algorithms, but have little knowledge of hardware. At this time, if you want to launch competitive AI products, you need to choose the most appropriate AI processor and use software that is easier to use.
The advantage of AI Baijia innovation incentive program is that it can provide complete solutions based on Intel's comprehensive AI hardware (core, Xeon, FPGA, movidius) combined with easy-to-use software (such as openvino). It is reported that with the in-depth support of Intel's cross department and software hardware collaboration, the product reasoning performance of the innovation team in the first two phases has been improved by more than 6 times, which has greatly improved the competitiveness of the enterprise's overall solution.
Compared with the improvement brought by performance, Chen Junyi, CEO of small cobalt technology, CEO of small cobalt technology, founder and CEO of cloud chart Ruishi, and Guo Yang, CTO of Qingsong wisdom, all said in an interview with Lei feng.com that what benefited them most was the ecological docking of Intel.
As for participating in the AI top 100 innovation incentive program, they also said that they were surprised by the comprehensive support provided by Intel, which was different from other acceleration projects they had participated in before.It is understood that with Intel's extensive and open ecological advantages, more than 50 AI projects have been implemented and applied. This shows Intel's determination to promote AI landing, and of course, it is also the most important significance of AI circle creation 101 plan.
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From 2015 to 2019, Intel has made five major acquisitions in the field of AI chips, which is an important part of Intel's data centric strategy. The achievements of AI top 100 innovation incentive plan can largely reflect the transformation of Intel and the success of AI strategy. If the plan is successful, Intel will be able to build a strong ecological moat in the AI era and promote the development of AI.
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