Baidu’s debut in the AI field has allowed spectators to temporarily take a reassurance.
Reporter / Cai Haoshuang
Editor / Zhao Li
Two months after Lu Qi left, Baidu’s annual AI Developer Conference is still on schedule today.
The two-day conference set a record for the duration of the Baidu AI Developer Conference. The main forum on the morning of the first day also timed out 1 hour, starting at 10 am and ending at 1 pm.
Baidu Chairman and CEO Li Yanhong, Baidu Senior Vice President Wang Haifeng, Baidu Vice President Shen Xiao, Baidu Smart Life Group (SLG) General Manager Jing Wei, Baidu Vice President and Intelligent Driving Group Leader Li Zhenyu, Baidu President Zhang Yaqin, etc. Executives have all come on stage, showing Baidu brain, Baidu smart applet, DuerOS open platform, Apollo open platform and other products.
After Lu Qi left, Baidu AI's three major businesses —— Baidu brain, DuerOS open platform, Apollo open platform, all steadily continued the development of the route announced at the AI Developer Conference last year.
At the press conference, Baidu and Jinlong Bus cooperated in mass production of the L4 level park unmanned electric vehicle, cloud AI chip "Kunlun" and the debut of the Baidu smart applet after the meeting still caused discussion. Afternoon afternoon, Jinlong Motor's share price has reached a daily limit.
However, there are still users who feel that they are not addicted. After three hours in front of the live screen, someone commented: “The business is everywhere, and there is no business that makes people feel shocked. & rdquo; Baidu showed the AI call function, its "mechanical sound" is far from true and false as Google two months ago; this time showcased the auto-driving, smart speakers, unmanned stores and other technologies and products It is not as amazing as it was a year ago.
What is the latest technological advancement that this conference has shown us? It may be the built-in voice assistant in Baidu map. When you say it all at once: "Small degree, I have to go from Wangfujing subway station and go through Wangjing Carrefour to Nanluoguxiang and finally go home. I want red street light. The fastest route without traffic jams, you can help me plan. & rdquo; Baidu map can quickly help you plan a relatively perfect route, you can also try.
Mass production "Apolon"
“The cow that Li Yanhong blew has achieved”, this is the most widely reported article after the end of the Baidu AI Developer Conference this morning.
At 10 o'clock in the morning, Li Yanhong, after clearing the scorpion in Beijing, opened the stage with a ticket issued by the five-ring on the unmanned vehicle a year ago.
This smoothly led to the highlight of this forum — — Baidu and Jinlong cooperation L4 level automatic driving bus "Apolon" rd production; offline production.
Over the past year, Robin Lee has been asked when mass production of Baidu unmanned vehicles. He gave the deadline at the end of last year: July 2018. Finally, Baidu did not have a ticket, "Apolon" to achieve 100 small-scale mass production, even if mass production is only autonomous driving in the closed park.
At the scene, Li Yanhong connected the Jinlong Automobile Xiamen factory and broadcasted the off-line ceremony of the 100th unmanned passenger car “Apolon”. After mass production, these vehicles will be sent to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiong'an, Tokyo, Japan and other places.
From the live show, “Apolon” is roughly the same as the previous appearances. The car body is like a square box with the seat placed similar to the bus. The difference is that the Apollon bus does not have the steering wheel, brakes, throttle and other items of the traditional car. It can be said to be completely above the L4 level.
Li Yanhong called the mass production of “Apolon” as a breakthrough in auto driving from 0 to 1. He also took the opportunity to shoot a chicken blood: “Automatically driving a car from one to one hundred, one thousand, ten thousand, the future Will be defined by the developer! ”
However, it should be pointed out that Apolon can only be used to close the park, and it is not possible to drive on the open road. The main purpose of this mass production vehicle is to trial operation in various places.
In the future, Apollon will be used in Japan for the connection of personnel inside some nuclear power plants, and will also be used for shuttle transportation in some aging communities in Tokyo. This means that the road conditions it faces will be relatively simple.
Smart small program debut, benchmarking WeChat applet
Another highlight of this conference is that Baidu Vice President Shen Xiao and Baidu smart small program debut.
At the beginning of the show, Shen Xiao also concealed the old opponent WeChat, alluding to the WeChat small program to create a "wall garden", which undermined the openness of the Internet.
The interactive logic of Baidu's smart applet is similar to the WeChat applet. When a user searches for a specific service keyword on the Baidu APP, the interactive portal that provides the relevant service appears at the top of the search stream. Users can complete the interaction without leaving the stream.
The difference is that Baidu has taken another step to provide developers with more encapsulated AI technology.
It is worth noting that the release of the small program is also responsible for Baidu's information flow business. According to Baidu's latest financial report, search advertising revenue accounts for Baidu's revenue, while information flow brings huge benefits to advertising revenue, launching smart applet. Perhaps it is Baidu's further exploration of the commercial value of information flow business.
There is also a questioning voice that as a carrier, "Baidu APP" has not received a good download volume, and the small program running on the carrier is not difficult to promote.
The core of the cloud
After the ZTE incident, domestic self-developed AI chips ushered in a blowout. Alibaba and artificial intelligence startups Yunzhisheng, go out to ask, Rokid and so on have released AI chips, and the chips such as Spirent and Shenjian are in the process of research and development. The chip market that was not often mentioned before has suddenly changed from the blue sea. Into the Red Sea, Baidu has not let go of research and development in this field.
At today's developer conference, Baidu released its own cloud AI chip ——"Kunlun", not only can support AI applications such as voice, image, natural language processing, autopilot, etc. GPUs and FPGAs have an improvement of about 30 times and can provide 260Tops performance at 100+ watts.
According to reports, the Kunlun chip contains the training chip Kunlun 818-300 and the reasoning chip Kunlun 818-100, which can meet the training and inference requirements at the same time.
Li Yanhong called the Kunlun chip “<quo; China’s first cloud full-featured AI chip”, according to Baidu, Kunlun is currently streaming. Interestingly, on May 3 this year, smart chip company Cambrian Technology officially released the MLU100 chip, also known as “the first cloud smart chip”.
But in any case, Baidu has formed a full-stack AI layout from chip to deep learning framework, platform, and ecology. After Lu Qi left, whether Baidu will insist on its strategy in the AI field has always been the doubt of all parties. Baidu’s debut in the AI field also allowed the spectators to temporarily take a reassurance.