Huawei releases AI Strategy and Full-Stack, All-Scenario AI Portfolio

Huawei’s full-stack AI portfolio will speed up AI adoption in all industries to provide pervasive intelligence for a fully connected, intelligent world

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At the third annual HUAWEI CONNECT event, Huawei Rotating chairman, Eric Xu, announced Huawei’s AI strategy, as well as its full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio.

Huawei’s AI portfolio includes its new Ascend series of AI chips – the world’s first AI IP and chip series designed for a full range of scenarios (see below for more information). The portfolio also includes new products and cloud services that are built on Ascend chip capabilities. With its full-stack AI portfolio, Huawei aims to provide pervasive intelligence to help drive industry development and build a fully connected, intelligent world.

Ten future changes: Driving Huawei’s AI strategy
Huawei predicts that by 2025, the world will see upwards of 40 billion personal smart devices, and 90 percent of device users will have a smart digital assistant. Data utilization will reach 86 percent and AI services will be readily available, as prevalent as the air we breathe. According to Huawei, AI has become a new general purpose technology and will change all industries and organizations on earth.

Proactive change is the first step towards a better future in AI. Huawei has defined ten changes that will help pave the way. They include:

* Faster model training
* Abundant and affordable computing power
* AI deployment and user privacy
* New algorithms
* AI automation
* Practical application
* Real-time, closed-loop system
* Multi-tech synergy
* Platform support
* Talent availability.

These ten changes are not only Huawei's hope for the AI industry; they are the inspiration behind its AI strategy.

“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,” said Eric Xu during his keynote.

He explained: “Within Huawei, we will continue exploring ways to improve management and efficiency with AI. In the telecom sector, we will adopt SoftCOM AI to make network O&M more efficient. In the consumer market, HiAI will bring true intelligence to our consumer devices, making them smarter than ever. Our Huawei EI public cloud services and FusionMind private cloud solutions will provide abundant and affordable computing power for all organizations – especially businesses and governments – and help them use AI with greater ease. Our portfolio will also include an AI acceleration card, AI server, AI appliance, and many other products.”

Huawei’s AI strategy has five areas of focus:

* Invest in AI research: Develop fundamental capabilities for machine learning in domains like computer vision, natural language processing, and decision/inference, etc. Huawei places special emphasis on machine learning that is:
-- data and power-efficient (i.e., less data, computing, and power needed)
-- secure and trusted
-- automated/autonomous

* Build a full-stack AI portfolio:
-- Deliver abundant and affordable computing power
-- Provide an efficient and easy-to-use AI platform with full-pipeline services
-- Make the portfolio adaptive to all scenarios, both standalone and cooperative scenarios between cloud, edge, and device

* Develop an open ecosystem and talent: Collaborate widely with global academia, industries, and partners.

* Strengthen existing portfolio: Introduce an AI mindset and techniques into existing products and solutions to create greater value and enhance competitive strengths.

* Drive operational efficiency at Huawei: Apply AI to massive volumes of routine business activities for better efficiency and quality.

Xu envisions that Huawei’s full-stack AI portfolio will speed up AI adoption in all industries to provide pervasive intelligence for a fully connected, intelligent world.

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