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CORPORATESTRATEGY


Driving transformation H


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BAIDU BELIEVES THE ADOPTION OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS SET TO RISE, THE TECH COMPANY’S VICE PRESIDENT, TIAN WU, TELLS TAHA AHMED


aving started out in a Beijing hotelroom in 2000, Baidu began to invest in artificial intelligence (AI) withthe


launch of its Institute of Deep Learning in 2013, to lead research in image-based search, voice recognition and advertisingmatching. Now, after officially renaming itself from a


“search business” to a “mobile business” in 2019, Baidu isamongthose leading the AI charge towards China’s technology goals. Following in the footsteps of Chinese tech peers Alibaba and Tencent, Baidu laid out the blueprint for itsnew infrastructure projects in June. Collectively knownas the BAT trio, China’s


biggest tech players have all announced investmentcampaigns in cloudcomputing, data chips and AI for the next decade, aligning with governmentpolicy to accelerate technological infrastructure as part of the country’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.


Leading development China’s technology goals for the next decade are led by its ‘new infrastructure’ initiative, which involves a convergence of 5G, AI, Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and big data to lead the development of product development, research and development (R&D) and the energy and transportation sectors. Amultinational techcompany, Baidu will be


a key participant in thenewinfrastructure plan, accelerating the country’s transformation from existing infrastructure to next-generation, technology-driven infrastructure to facilitate economic growth and social benefits, says Tian Wu, vice president of Baidu. “Baidu is leading the development ofnewAI


technology infrastructures, including PaddlePaddle [taken from PArallel Distributed Deep LEarning], Baidu Brain, deep learning, intelligent cloud and data centres,” she says.“We areworking to promote the deep integration of AI capabilities to accelerate the upgrading of


BAIDU IS LEADING THE DEVELOPMENTOFNEW AI TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURES


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industries including smart manufacturing, smart healthcare, and smart cities.”


Cultivating talent As part of its infrastructure plans, Baidu aimsto train up to five million AI experts in the next five years, the company said in June 2020. This includes deep learning and AI courses atmore than 200 universities, including four of China’s top five universities: TsinghuaUniversity, PekingUniversity, ZhejiangUniversity and FudanUniversity. MsWusays thecompany has already trained


more than a millionAI talents. “Baidu has beenworking closely with


enterprises, developers and universities to provide educational resources, training platformsandcomputing resources to contribute to China’s AI talent cultivation. Baidu has also established a closed-loop AI talent pipeline, providing training courses and AI-specific assessment certification for contests, hackathons and recruitment,” she adds.


Combatingthe crisis Baidu has been at the forefront of China’s government usage of AI and advanced computing towards its containment strategy for the Covid-19 pandemic. Forexample, the company’s “migration big data platform”used AI-powered mapping systemsto identify the flowof travel across high-risk areas. Anotherexample is its infrared crowd-


screening tool at Beijing’s Qinghe Railway station, which can monitor the temperature of 200 passengers a minute. “Baidu rolled out a largenumber of AI


products and solutions that have been playing significant roles in the combat against the Covid-19 pandemic.Wewill continue to speed up intelligent transformationacross a variety of industries after the pandemic, as public knowledge and awareness of the AI’s value to the healthcare sector has created opportunities for wide adoption of AI in the broader economy,” saysMsWu. AI was described as one of the trends shaping


the future of international production and global value chains, according toUnctad’s latest World Investment Report. The coronavirus pandemic and China’s ensuing recovery plans have only increased the prominence of AI further, and Baidu has positioned itself to be a key leader in this trend.■


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