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Cutting-edge technologies revealed at WIC


On November 16, 2016, a release ceremony for world leading Internet scientific and technological achievements was held during the three-day World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang. Altogether 15 emerging technologies with the potential to fundamentally change our lives were presented, including driver assistance, artificial intelligence, chips and computing.

Self-Driving Vehicle, Tesla

Tesla unveiled its latest autopilot system with eight cameras to provide 360-degree coverage, one radar, ultrasonic sensors and a new supercomputer, which will eventually support full autonomous driving.

Tesla Vice-President Robin Ren explained that the Model S vehicles are able to perform enhanced, traffic-aware cruise control, auto-steering, lane changing and centering, auto-parking and smart summons, and safety was "guaranteed."

Human error causes 94 percent of road accidents, according to Ren. By using self-driving technology, he believes most of these crashes can be avoided.


Watson supercomputer, IBM

Big Blue's latest innovation Watson, named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, is a cognitive computing machine, which uses machine learning, silicon-based computing and atomic storage to provide answers to questions akin to a high-functioning human.

IBM chairman of the Greater China region Chen Liming told the WIC audience that the supercomputer is expected to revolutionize healthcare, as it can be used as a competent diagnostician for patients living in China's remote countryside.

Watson is capable of storing more medical information than doctors, and can make decisions based on data and history without cognitive bias.


Apsara cloud platform, Alibaba

The Apsara platform is based on Alibaba's own proprietary technology that can process hundreds of thousands of deals per minute and enables massive scalability.

The platform will not only optimize users' shopping experience, but also facilitate e-commerce innovation. During the Double 11 shopping carnival, it can maintain a processing speed of 175,000 orders per minute without bugs.

"We have released the first global 'shopaholic experience' on the platform using VR technology , making it possible to present an encompassing purchasing scenario, from purchase to payment, to consumers," said Zhang Yong, CEO of Alibaba Group.


Factory control security platform, Kaspersky

To tackle threats from cyber-attacks on factories and enterprises, Kaspersky has unveiled its factory control security platform to protect companies in energy, chemicals, gas and oil, steel, water and food processing, among others.

The platform can perceive abnormalities in time, as well as report and deal with suspicious commands without disturbing manufacturing flow.

"We believe that only by cooperation with authorities can we protect our Internet, factories and enterprises," said Global Vice President Anton Shingarev of Kaspersky.


Quantum Communication, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Chinese quantum physicist Pan Jianwei's offering of quantum communication has been heralded as the answer to the ever-growing menace of cyber theft.

His laboratory, under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has achieved breakthroughs in metropolitan quantum communication networks by using fiber trusted relay-based inter-city quantum communication, and ultra-long distance quantum communication between satellite and ground.

Devices equipped with these technologies are expected to be ultra-secure as a quantum photon can neither be separated nor duplicated. Thus scientists say it will be impossible to wiretap, intercept or crack information in quantum communication.


AR Headset HoloLens, Microsoft

Microsoft introduced its Augmented Reality (AR) HoloLens, a hologram-projecting headset that, with the help of multiple cameras, blends virtual models, environments and holograms with reality.

More appropriately referred to as a mixed reality device, the headset allows the wearer to interact with holograms and digital content overlaid on the real world.

Currently, a number of applications, including Skype, are already on Microsoft HoloLens.

"For us, the next big thing is mixed reality," said Microsoft executive-vice President Harry Shum. "That is, the integration of the virtual digital world and the physical real world."


Transistor Density Increase by 1000X, University of California, Berkeley

A team from the University of California, Berkeley has transformed the transistor into a vertical thin film, known as a "finFET" transistor, which increases transistor density while minimizing the semi-conductor, thus driving up electronic products’ calculation speed.

"Now the width of transistors' poles is reduced to one nanometer. In the future, the transistor density can increase another thousand-fold, which means there is still huge space for the growth of internet speed and popularity," according to Chenming Hu, professor at the University of California, Berkeley.


"Brain", Baidu

The deep learning AI system Baidu Brain uses three core functions of AI algorithms, super computing power, and Big Data to simulate the human brain.

"It is the nerve center of Baidu's autonomous car, facial and voice recognition, and robots that can compose and read poems or comment on a live football match," said Zhang Yaqin, president of Baidu.

"What we see now is just the tip of an enormous AI iceberg," Zhang said. "In the next 20 years or so, there will be many opportunities."


Wearable Bio-Processor, Samsung

A Samsung wearable device of "all-in-one quantified-self solution" can track heart rate and rhythm, body fat, skeletal muscle mass, skin temperature, and even stress level.

The device, designed to help the public live a healthier and happier life, also allows the company's Big Data center to collect health data, which would support remote medical diagnosis even across borders, lowering the cost and raising the effectiveness of healthcare.


Sunway supercomputer, NRCPC China

China's Sunway Taihulight, designed by the National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering & Technology (NRCPC), was the world's fastest supercomputer as of June 2016, said Yang Guangwen, Tsinghua University professor and director of the National Supercomputer Center at Wuxi.

With a Linpack benchmark rating of 93 petaflops, Sunway Taihulight is nearly three times as fast as the prior champion, China's Tianhe-2, which ran at 34 petaflops. The supercomputer was built with the Chinese processor chip ShenWei 26010, a 260-core, 64-bit RISC chip that exceeds 3 teraflops at maximum tilt. It is expected to support manufacturing, life sciences, computer-aided engineering and weather forecasting.


Industry 4.0 solution, SAP

The Industry 4.0 intelligent manufacturing production line is developed by SAP in partnership with the Shenyang Institute of Automation of Chinese Academy of Sciences. It aims to achieve creative, synergistic, and environmentally friendly manufacturing. The solution will drive the digitalization of Chinese manufacturing. 


Ecological innovation, Wechat

WeChat has grown from a pure communication tool to an open platform and new lifestyle by way of innovation in technology, industrial modes and social service. It has transformed the human-computer interaction through technologies such as voice, image, biometric and audio fingerprinting recognition and BOT platforms.


Kirin 960 chipset, Huawei

The next-generation chipset Kirin 960, as described by Huawei Vice-President Ai Wei, provides faster processing speed, more secure payment channels, better entertainment experiences, and cameras closer to the vision of the human eye.

It took ten years and a multi-national research team to design the latest chipset, Ai said.

"If we take the smart phone as an external organ, I wish it could first be 'the eye,' helping us to see this world clearer and better," he said.


5G NR prototype system and trial platform, Qualcomm

As a new form of radio access technology, the 5G NR is the global 5G standard, which is also the base for the next generation of cellular mobile technology.

"This leading technology has officially been unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai and the exhibition stands of China Telecom and China Mobile," Li Weixing, vice-president of Qualcomm hailed the achievement.