(Yicai Global) Oct. 30 -- China's search engine titan Baidu Inc's [NYSE:BADU] invitation letter for its 2017 World Conference comes with the slogan "Bring AI to Life" and a translucent mysterious package, which may indicate that Baidu is going to unveil one or more artificial intelligence hardware products closely related to people's daily lives.
Baidu World Conference is Baidu's highest-level brand event held annually for industries, media, partners, and users. The latest invitation letter indicates this year's Baidu World Conference will be held in China World Summit Wing Beijing and Kerry Hotel Beijing on Nov. 16.
Baidu continues to advance its comprehensive "All in AI" transformation, applying AI to various services and fields in an effort to create an open AI ecosphere and fulfill expectations of its partners. Baidu's AI technologies are employed in some real-life applications. The facial recognition boarding technology are used at some airports. Baidu DuerOS, voice-based interactive AI platform, has attracted more than 100 hardware cooperation partners, including strategic partners like Haier Electronics Group Co. [HKG:1169] and Midea Group Co. [SHE:000333], covering home, in-vehicle, and mobile application scenarios. Baidu has also reached strategic cooperation with BAIC Motor Corp. [HKG:1958], Xiamen King Long Motor Group Co. [SHA:600686], and JAC, and set a detailed timetable for mass production of self-driving cars.
It has been 14 months since the introduction of Baidu Brain system. Now the industry will eagerly watch what new AI products and transformation Baidu may unveil during its World Conference in Beijing.