Huawei announces AI strategy
Artificial Intelligence is already a new, general purpose technology and will change all industries and organisations on earth.
Huawei’s AI strategy is to invest in basic research and talent development, build a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio, and foster an open global ecosystem, Rotating Chairman Eric Xu told delegates at the third annual HUAWEI CONNECT conference in Shanghai on 10 October.
Huawei’s approach complements the European Commission’s own AI strategy, published in April this year, with its aims of increasing investment in AI, preparing for socioeconomic changes, and ensuring that at all times the companies’ researchers take an ethical standpoint when developing the technology.
Five focus areas
Huawei’s AI strategy has five areas of focus:
- Investing in AI research to develop fundamental capabilities for machine learning in domains like computer vision, natural language processing, and decision/inference, etc.
- Building a full-stack AI portfolio
- Developing an open ecosystem and talent, collaborating widely with global academia, industries and partners
- Strengthening our existing portfolio, introducing an AI mindset and techniques into existing products and solutions to create greater value
- Driving operational efficiency in Huawei itself, by applying AI to massive volumes of routine business activities for better efficiency and quality.
Huawei predicts that by 2025, the world will see upwards of 40 billion personal smart devices, with 90% of device users having a smart digital assistant. Data utilisation will reach 86% and AI services will be readily available, as prevalent as the air we breathe.
Huawei alliance with Audi
The company also used the CONNECT conference to announce its future cooperation in the field of intelligent connected vehicles with German car manufacturer, Audi.
Huawei’s new Mobile Data Centre – a complex engineering system integrating chips, platform, operating system and development framework to support autonomous driving – has been incorporated into the Audi Q7 for urban automatic driving environments. The prototype was showcased to the public during CONNECT.
"As cars get smarter, we take advantage of our leading ICT technologies with Audi – one of the world’s most successful premium car makes – to lead automatic driving into the fast lane. Very soon, consumers will enjoy more secure, comfortable, convenient and intelligent self-driving services," commented William Xu, Huawei Board Director and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer.
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