[Shenzhen, China, April 17–19, 2018] On the first day of the Huawei Analyst Summit (HAS) 2018, Baofeng Zhang, Vice-Director of Software Engineering Dept and Director of Intelligence Engineering Dept, Consumer BG, delivered a keynote speech, entitled "Open and Practical, Huawei Mobile AI Leads the Intelligent Phone Era".
According to Zhang, smartphones are growing increasingly "intelligent" (smarter than smart). In the future, our phones will assume the role of our personal assistants who know us better than we know ourselves, understand our preferences, and provide intelligent services. As consumers, we are set to experience many exciting revolutionary changes in the mobile phone industry, which are all enabled by AI technologies. In 2016, Huawei launched its first "intelligent phone", the Honor Magic, boasting game-changing innovations such as the context awareness function. Now in early 2018, Huawei has introduced the next-generation (4th gen) of intelligent phones with the much anticipated release of its flagship device, the HUAWEI P20 (powered by Kirin 970 AI processor).
AI developments confront four major challenges:
In response, the Huawei Mobile AI strategy employs four systems:
The ultimate objective of Huawei Mobile AI is to provide consumers with an excellent interactive service experience, enabling natural interactions and proactive services.
Towards the end of his speech, Zhang also mentioned that AI technology is currently not sufficiently mature, but that it should and will become an enabling, general-purpose technology, offering more proficient and accessible solutions to a much wider audience. Huawei is dedicated to building a fully open, practical, and all-win ecosystem, namely HiAI, which incorporates cloud, device, and chipset capabilities. It is expected that this AI computing platform will allow for greater R&D achievements and revenue sharing between Huawei and its partners.