At the moment, it is impossible to examine who BATs formulation is, although Baidu has fallen sharply from brand to market value in the past few years, but BATs statement has at least considerable credibility in the field of artificial intelligence. In the core products, the Tencent has 1 billion users only with WeChat; Baidu is the largest search company in the Chinese Internet field; Alibaba is almost the pronoun of Chinese e-commerce. However, as Zuckerberg cannot answer the so-called FB competitors proposed by the United States senator, Chinese BAT have already crossed the borders, from urban management (Intelligent City) to transportation (autopilot) to hospital (intelligent medical treatment), and the list of BAT has changed the past for the Internet. The Department only focuses on the cognition of the online resources. On the other hand, BAT is also crazily digging people around the world. In the Alibaba, there was a team that specializes in American university professors. The purpose is to enticed in all kinds of interests to allow researchers in the field of artificial intelligence to enter the Alibaba system and even add to Alibaba. According to a figure provided by the US Department of labor, Baidu American branch has a basic salary of 130 thousand to 175 thousand for non immigrant machines, compared with the Silicon Valley giant Googles annual salary of almost $110 thousand. These overseas engineers and scholars are facing almost the same products or solutions as other global Internet giants. Today, BAT has a Echo class of smart speakers, which incorporate machine learning into advertising and information flows, and are also selling deep learning and machine learning to developers and start-ups through cloud computing. More important, after the central government of China has brought the development of artificial intelligence into the key development strategy, the policy support and capital input at the national level have made the development of BAT artificial intelligence with many political features. In the four quarter of 2017, the Ministry of science and technology of China identified a series of key developments in artificial intelligence, including three BAT families. Baidu: autopilot, its product is Apollo platform; Tencent: intelligent medical treatment, its product is Tencent looking for shadow; Alibaba: Smart City, its product is Ali Yuns urban brain. |BAT entry Baidus official promotional note often refers to Baidu as one of the earliest companies in the field of artificial intelligence, which is not much exaggerated. In 2014, Baidu brought Wu Enda to command, thus starting the Baidu artificial intelligence adventure. Instead of talking about the cost of the study, at least Google, Baidu has begun to convey to Wall Street a message that Baidu is not a Google in China, but an artificial Intelligent Company. In another timetable, Baidu also talked about artificial intelligence before Tencent and Alibaba. In 2017, for example, Baidus R & D investment increased by 2 billion 900 million to 12 billion 900 million RMB over the previous year, which is believed to be widely used in the artificial intelligence research of China and overseas (mainly Silicon Valley). In its 2017 financial statement, we actively strive for engineering talents and help us to deal with challenges such as Chinese processing, artificial intelligence, deep learning and autopilot. The Alibaba did not begin to mention the development of artificial intelligence in the financial report until 2016, and its core product, the citys brain, has come out of China and formally landed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In addition, last months South China Morning Post also made an exclusive disclosure of Alibabas automatic driving research. But there was skepticism at the earnings conference a year ago. Tencent said in the fourth quarter of 2016, AI has been integrated into Tencent products. Liu Chiping, President of Tencent, commented: we regard AI as a core technology and run through different products in Tencent. |BATs AI investment Public information shows that since 2014, BAT has invested 39 times in investment in artificial intelligence, including software and hardware. Among them, Tencent has the most investment, but Baidus portfolio is more diversified, such as Baidus investment in 11 different categories of companies, including media, health, artificial intelligence chips, and advertising. And the car is the direction of three giants. Tencent has already invested a lot of money in azure cars, and the company has recently got Beijings auto driving test license plate; Alibaba has invested in the Israeli enterprise Nexar, which focuses on the Internet of cars. Below is the investment field of BAT, which shows how important the investment in the automotive industry is. These investments accounted for 44% of the start-up companies in the US. In contrast, the US internet giants only Google have invested in a Chinese AI venture company in the past few years. And the Tencent has a lot of investment in the United States, with 12 deals, including Atomvise, a drug discovery company with Baidus venture capital referendum, which applies deep learning to drug discovery. In 2017, Tencent invested in ElemetAI and joined the Canadian battleground. The company was a company founded by YoshuaBengio, a senior learning veteran. In addition to equity investment, the Tencent also uses the AI incubator to screen start-ups, but there are only TvisonInsights companies in the United States, and the rest are in China. In contrast, Alibaba is active in Israel. In 2015, it invested in ThetaRay, a network security venture, invested in the e-commerce search engine Twiggle in 2016, and in 2018, it invested in the artificial intelligence based car networking company Nexar. |BATs AI patent Roadmap In November 2017, Baidu released its first intelligent loudspeaker Raven H. This smart speaker is equipped with Baidus DuerOS dialogue operating system, and its hardware design comes from a Hard Suits Inc Raven purchased by Baidu in early 2017. It is very common for large companies to apply for patents at the same time in different countries. Therefore, Baidus patents in Japan can also be understood as the important technical guarantee for Baidu to promote related products in Japan, and it can also help us to further understand Baidus artificial intelligence product planning. Baidu also applied to a Japanese patent called artificial intelligence and terminal device human-computer interaction. It looks like the patent was applied to Baidus recently released small home. The patent has already been applied in China in 2015 and the application in the United States and Europe in 2016. After the application of Japan and South Korea in 2017, it also highlights Baidus attention to the Japanese and Korean markets. The Alibaba also has its own sound box. In July 2017, the Alibaba launched the Tmall Wizard, a product similar to Echo. According to the Tmall elves R & D team, the product has already sold 2 million of its sales. Its speech related patents include voiceprint recognition technology based on neural network. Users can use ALiGenie (the Tmall wizards dialogue operating system) to buy and pay through voice, and use unique voice signatures as a form of authentication. However, Tencent has applied for a series of patents in the US, including voice processing. In the field of face recognition, Tencent has applied for many patents. As shown below, this is a face recognition system patent based on 3D. Public information shows that Tencents excellent lab provides technical support for image and face recognition in Tencent products, including Tencents QQ space. At present, Tencent has opened up the relevant technologies of excellent maps, and can be used from developers to ordinary users. In terms of key customers, Tencent has collaborated with China Unicom and micro public bank in customer face recognition system. The following is a typical face recognition verification patent of Alibaba. Although BAT sees cars, it seems that only Baidu is dedicated to doing this, which is evident from Baidus patents surrounding cars. In the US, for example, Baidu has at least 15 patent applications on autopilot. The patent below is a system that allows Baidu to operate automatically based on machine learning. |BATs AI landing case After being officially recognized by the Ministry of science and technology, the practice of BAT three artificial intelligence landing is becoming clearer. In April 2017, Baidu launched an autopilot open platform, Apollo. Like other open source platforms, Baidu hopes to build an artificial intelligence based on Baidu, where different companies and developers can participate, eventually forming the so-called Android in the car world, which can further reduce the entry threshold for subsequent developers. The following figure also shows the cooperation details mentioned by Baidus partners at the earnings conference: Alibaba hopes to use the city as a testing ground for artificial intelligence landing. The city brain is the core product of Ali cloud of Alibaba. Its core is data, for example, by analyzing massive data from city cameras, can it bring new changes in traffic decisions and urban planning decisions. Therefore, almost all the practice of landing in urban brain is around traffic. Alibaba and NVIDIA have launched an Intelligent City Service Video Platform Based on deep learning. Alibaba also has increased investment in the field of computer vision. The latest investment is a $600 million financing in Shang Tang technology, and the two sides will also develop deep cooperation at the product level. The starting point of the Tencent is medical treatment. The following is a picture of Tencents cooperation in the field of medical AI in the past three years. At present, more than 3 thousands of hospitals have the WeChat public, of which 60% of the hospitals can allow users to register through WeChat, and more than 2000 hospitals support the use of WeChat. Last month, Tencent worked with Babylon, a British Medical venture, and Babylon has a lot of experience in virtual medical assistant development, so WeChat will integrate chat robots into medical products in the future, in other words, the future can be directly diagnosed and fed back in WeChat. The Tencent has been involved in a $154 million financing of the early carbon cloud intelligence, which is the Tencents biggest cost in the medical field to invest in carbon cloud intelligence. According to the companys official website, carbon cloud intelligence is one of Wang Juns new projects. According to the companys official website, Tan Yun wants to build a healthy data platform with artificial intelligence technology to handle the data and help people to do health management. In addition to these direct investment in the consumer market, Tencent also hatched Tencent search. The project was officially launched in 2017, providing artificial intelligence to medical institutions for the diagnosis of various types of cancer, and using AI to help hospitals analyze and manage health records. At present, Tencent still stays at the research stage, and does not see signs of direct commercialization. In the field of application of artificial intelligence to drug discovery, in 2018 Tencent had been involved in two investments: CO invested with Baidu venture capital in Californias Atomwise company; and Google and Sequoia China invested in Xtalpi. This is probably the best time for AI development, and it must be the most ambitious era for Chinese technology companies. From PC to the Internet and mobile Internet, Silicon Valley has always been a synonym for advanced technology and business model, but this time, relying on the huge consumer market, massive data and the support of government policies, Chinese science and technology companies are becoming more and more utterant in the field of artificial intelligence. In the past two years, BAT has accelerated the practice of AI landing in different areas of the country. At the same time, the BAT started the overseas strategy. In the period of CES in 2018, the auto driving car was on the city road in California, and in MWC in March, the Alibaba City brain was displayed in front of the global media. For the BAT, the overseas market will become more complex in 2018 and later, and the stronger Sino US trade war may also continue to affect the exchange and development of the Sino US technology industry. The EU will also formally implement the most stringent data protection policy in history this month. All these challenges are accompanied by huge market opportunities. And the development path of AI has become the beginning of artificial intelligence, especially the definition of artificial intelligence in China. Source of this article: NetEase intelligent writer: Zhao Zai Po editor in charge: Wang Chao _NT4133 In the past two years, BAT has accelerated the practice of AI landing in different areas of the country. At the same time, the BAT started the overseas strategy. In the period of CES in 2018, the auto driving car was on the city road in California, and in MWC in March, the Alibaba City brain was displayed in front of the global media. For the BAT, the overseas market will become more complex in 2018 and later, and the stronger Sino US trade war may also continue to affect the exchange and development of the Sino US technology industry. The EU will also formally implement the most stringent data protection policy in history this month. All these challenges are accompanied by huge market opportunities. And the development path of AI has become the beginning of artificial intelligence, especially the definition of artificial intelligence in China.