(Yicai Global) Jan. 16 -- Natural language man-machine interface is the next direction of development and will embrace greater opportunities than the era of mobile Internet, Baidu's CEO Robin Li said.
In a dialogue with Geekpark founder and president Zhang Peng yesterday, Robin said, "Machines can never be tired. They can handle much more information than people, and gradually will do better than people. At least in some areas, machines can do much better than people.
"Artificial intelligence (AI) will affect all aspects of human society, such as finance, automotive, real estate, and electronic equipment. It can affect almost every industry that one can think of, many consumers, and many companies," he said.
He added that the establishment of artificial intelligence as the center of strategy does not affect the mission of Baidu. "Baidu's mission has not changed since its inception, which is to allow people the most equal and convenient access to information and to get what they need. The search engine itself is also rapidly evolving, from the early keyword matching, to the future AI era. A lot of information inputs are already voice inputs and image inputs, and the proportion of voice and image retrievals also grew rapidly in the past year," he said.