Huawei and Baidu have agreed to work together closely on artificial intelligence (AI) platforms and technology, internet services and content ecosystems. The two companies aim to cultivate an open mobile and AI ecosystem built on shared success, while spurring the development of new AI applications and providing global consumers with better AI.
“The future is all about smart devices that will actively serve us, not just respond to what we tell them to do,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group. “With a strong background in R&D, Huawei will work with Baidu to accelerate innovation in the industry, develop the next generation of smartphones, and provide global consumers with AI that knows you better.”
“It should come as no surprise that Baidu and Huawei are working together, because we have many similarities – technology is embedded in our DNA and we have developed our own technologies in order to grow,” said Robin Li, Baidu Chairman and CEO.
Together, the two companies will co-develop an open ecosystem using Huawei’s HiAI platform and Baidu Brain, a compendium of the company’s AI assets and services. The ecosystem will utilize Huawei’s Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU) and Baidu’s PaddlePaddle deep learning framework.
Also in the works are voice and image recognition for smart devices to enable more seamless human-machine interaction. They will also jointly build an augmented reality (AR) ecosystem, combining hardware and software to create a more immersive and accessible AR experience for everyday consumers.
Originally developed to be personal tools, mobile phones have today grown to become almost natural extensions of the human body and AI is envisioned to become the next phase in mobile technology development. Co-operation between mega-companies such as Huawei and Baidu will help lay the foundation for more sustainable mobile and AI ecosystems.