(Interview between the two sessions) Li Yanhong's most yearning "AI dream": in the future everyone will have their own intelligent assistant

  China News Service, Beijing, March 7 (Reporter Xia Bin) "My'AI dream' has many aspects. Let me talk about what I am most yearning for, that is, in the future, everyone will have their own intelligent assistant." Member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Li Yanhong, Chairman and CEO of Baidu, recently described his vision for the future of artificial intelligence to a reporter from China News Agency.

Li Yanhong data map.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Zhang Yin

  A mobile phone can control the TV air conditioner at home as you like; a screen can enter the virtual classroom to start interactive learning; a car can talk to the driver to complete a series of operations... There is no doubt that in people’s lives, based on There are more and more application scenarios of artificial intelligence technology.

  Li Yanhong said that someone may ask a secretary to serve him now, but the secretary cannot be with him 24 hours a day. In the future, the intelligent assistant will become very smart, understand your habits, understand the outside world, and understand everyone’s truth. Demand, which is equivalent to having an intelligent assistant who is always by your side, always knows you best, and always serves you selflessly.

  "I believe that this day will not come suddenly, but a gradual process. It may be closer to this ideal situation every day." Li Yanhong said that today's smart assistant can be regarded as a smart screen, and tomorrow will be a wearable device. , Acquired may be a chip implanted in people’s brains, in various forms, but the general direction is unstoppable.

  Regardless of whether it is innovative China or digital China, the government has incorporated artificial intelligence into the key technology related to its future development.

The draft of the "14th Five-Year Plan" and the 2035 long-term goal outline that are being submitted to the National People's Congress for review has mentioned artificial intelligence many times, requiring the establishment of relevant national laboratories and the hope to cultivate and expand the industrial level of artificial intelligence.

  In Li Yanhong's view, the research and development of artificial intelligence technology must "hold loneliness" and "willing to take funds."

Data map: Baidu's self-driving taxi is ready to welcome passengers to board the car.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Jia Tianyong

  "The technology is still in the process of rapid iteration and has not yet fully entered the stage of use. At this time, everyone will feel that the investment will not have an immediate effect and will cause anxiety." Li Yanhong said that Baidu began to invest in autonomous driving technology in 2013, and it has already For nearly eight years, the process of technology accumulation is very long. Autonomous driving technology may not reach full maturity in 10 or 20 years, and long-term investment is required.

  He also said that in the Internet era, especially in the mobile Internet era, there are more innovations in business models. Only by maintaining high-intensity R&D investment can it play a role in efficiency improvement and economic growth. All Chinese companies, including Baidu, should increase Large R&D investment, seize the period of transformation and iteration of new technologies, and develop China's independent technological capabilities.

  Innovative technology will promote the efficiency and quality of economic development.

Li Yanhong gave an example that the current new infrastructure advocated by the state is infrastructure construction with artificial intelligence as the core, which will greatly improve efficiency in the fields of transportation and energy and promote economic growth.

The construction of intelligent transportation infrastructure based on vehicle-road coordination will be able to increase traffic efficiency by 15% to 30%, thereby contributing an absolute growth of 2.4% to 4.8% to GDP.

  “Today, the importance of innovation is indeed higher for China than ever before.” Li Yanhong said that China’s future growth will rely more on innovation. In a new world where new technologies and new trends are accelerating, China should Seize the opportunity to accelerate technological research and development in fields such as artificial intelligence, big data, and blockchain, and strive to be a leader in the world.