On May 19th, the 2018 Global Artificial Intelligence Technology Conference (GAITC), sponsored by the Chinese Society of Artificial Intelligence, was held in Beijing to discuss how to actively embrace AI technology by updating ideas, in-depth knowledge, and fusion applications in the artificial intelligence (AI) wave. The arrival of the times.
In the past two years, artificial intelligence has become one of the hottest investment outlets. Popular attention on artificial intelligence continues to rise, and artificial intelligence has gradually become the focus of new economic growth and international competition. This year, artificial intelligence was once again written into the government work report and stressed that it is necessary to strengthen the research and application of the new generation of artificial intelligence, develop smart industries, and expand smart life.
The data shows that at present, only the accumulated amount of domestic artificial intelligence financing has climbed to 63.5 billion yuan, accounting for 33.18% of the total global financing. More and more people enjoy the convenience and services brought by artificial intelligence. "Eighty-five percent of people in the United States use at least one artificial intelligence product each day," said Nobel Prize winner in physics, astrophysicist and cosmologist George Smoot at the recently concluded 2018 Smart Conference.
Luo Wen, deputy director of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said that last year the amount of investment in the field of artificial intelligence in China exceeded 58 billion yuan, an increase of 50% year-on-year. It is expected that by 2020, the scale of artificial intelligence core industries will exceed 150 billion yuan, bringing the scale of related industries to more than 1 trillion yuan. By the end of 2017, there were more than 2,000 artificial intelligence enterprises in China, and the number of patents in artificial intelligence accounted for 22% of the world's total.
Judging from the current situation, with the rise of big data and cloud computing, artificial intelligence as the most cutting-edge technology is developing at an unprecedented speed. With the entry of many technology giants, it will be the top three in the domestic Internet technology field. BAT (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent) began to lay out early. The IoT artificial intelligence service company cloud Zhisheng completed the US$100 million Series C round of financing, setting a record for the highest single financing in the field of intelligent voice technology; AI startup company Shang Tang Technology announced that it had obtained a US$600 million Series C round of funding from Alibaba.com. The valuation is more than 3 billion U.S. dollars. There are numerous examples of such investments.
In the past two years, BAT has accelerated the implementation of artificial intelligence in different fields relying on a huge consumer market, massive data, and support from government policies. Although BAT's three companies have entered the trend of artificial intelligence, the involvement of capital is indeed Let artificial intelligence catch up with the development of "Dongfeng", but also allow Chinese technology companies to become more and more weight in the field of artificial intelligence.
With the promotion of the capital market, artificial intelligence has come to the forefront of the Internet era, and the development of artificial intelligence technology has also entered the highway. In the field of innovation platforms, Internet companies represented by Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu, and Xiaomi have been able to implement the overall artificial intelligence architecture from the bottom to the top. “Every time human advancement of science and technology, every technological revolution has made humanity's life better and better. We are in the eve of the smart age, and the future of change will exceed our imagination.” Alibaba Group Chairman Ma Yun said.
As we all know, artificial intelligence does not refer to an industry alone. Combining artificial intelligence with the digital industry is the key to development. Through artificial intelligence technology, all industries are fully integrated and upgraded, thereby completing the transformation and upgrading of the manufacturing industry to the digital and intelligent industries, and ultimately achieving the historic transformation from a manufacturing power to a manufacturing power is the ultimate goal.