• Lenovo’s Yang sees world powered by AI


    CHINESE tech giant Lenovo said it is focusing on developing artificial intelligence (AI) devices as the company sees this innovation as the future of the technology world.

    “We believe an intelligent future makes people’s lives better, and that starts with smart devices. Cloud enabled devices, such as PCs, tablets, smartphones, smart speakers, smart TV and augmented reality/virtual reality, bring you content, services and experiences in a new way,” Yuanqing Yang, chief executive officer of Lenovo, said in a statement.

    Yang said AI is progressing quickly with its key elements dominating in all sides of industries–big data, computer power, and the algorithm.

    “To do this, as a company and industry we have to get the ABCs—algorithm, big data, and computing power—of AI right. These factors together allow AI to make life better. Here’s an analogy: Algorithm is the engine of your car, big data is the steering wheel of the car and computing power drives the car forward,” he added.

    Yang also mentioned that AI was not fully realized before as “its applications were limited to scientific researches and lacked practical applications.”

    However, the company officially expressed that Lenovo is eager to support and to make this technology grow in the future by investing heavily in right structures and in people who are experts in this field.

    “In March, Lenovo Research officially launched its Artificial Intelligence Lab which includes more than 100 researchers across the globe. These researchers are looking at every element of what AI is today and what it will be in the future,” he said.

    At the Lenovo Tech World 2017 in China, Yang announced their concept devices enabled for AI, such as the CAVA, which is a new kind of virtual assistant that uses face recognition systems and natural language understanding technologies; the daystAR, which can create applications across a variety of industries through the Lenovo AR Platform; the SmartVest is built-in ECG clothing to monitor cardiac activity; and the Xiaole platform, which helps solve technical issues customers may experience with a device.

    “I hope these concepts show you that the future of AI is limitless, and that you can now better envision how the power of big data and AI can build a smarter, more connected world,” Yang said.


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