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Baidu CEO Robin Li Calls to Speed Up “New Infrastructure”

May 21, 2020 11:50 am

Beijing (PingWest) — The session of China’s top political advisory body, the Chinese People's Political Consultative (CPPCC), kicked off at 3pm in Beijing on Thursday, May 21.

Robin Li, a CPPCC member and Baidu chairman and CEO answered questions on new infrastructure, live streaming, autonomous driving, and more.

Li submitted 4 proposals prior to the CPPCC session. Three of the four referred to AI.

The first attracted a lot of attention. Li said that the core of new infrastructure is artificial intelligence (AI), but its operational systems, as known as deep learning frameworks, are heavily relied on the U.S.“I hope China will be able to launch its autonomous and controllable AI deep learning frameworks.”

The second was on intelligent transportation. Li wrote in the proposal that intelligent transportation could improve transportation efficiency by 15% to 30%, which could further boost Chinese economy significantly.

The third was on education. Li stated that the COVID-19 accelerated the industrial and talent restructure, so China shall encourage all walks of life to improve their capabilities to be oriented to new trends.

He also mentioned personal data protection as neighborhoods, schools, commercial buildings and many more places collected people’s data amid the COVID-19 for the reason of prevention and control of the pandemic, but it would be a concern in the post-COVID-19 age.

Many other tech magnets who also serve as deputes or members of the two political bodies, National People’s Congress (NPC) and NPPCC, called to speed up new infrastructure construction, including Yang Yuanqing, deputy to the 13th NPC and Chairman of Lenovo Group, and Pony Ma,  deputy to the 13th NPC and Tencent founder and CEO.