Towards the Next Generation of Artificial Intelligence with its Applications in Practice


Artificial intelligence has reached or surpassed human standards in the perceptual intelligence fields such as "listening, speaking, and seeing", but it is still in its infancy in the field of cognitive intelligence that requires external knowledge, logical reasoning, or domain migration. After long-term exploration and verification of large-scale online businesses such as Taobao and Alipay, we have built a "super brain" through the extremely large scale pre-training model M6, and built "flexible limbs" through the edge-cloud collaboration platform Gemini, to fully present the comprehensive picture of the next generation of AI. The 10 trillion M6 is currently the world’s largest pre-training model, achieving the industry’s ultimate low-carbon efficiency. Compared to GPT-3, M6 uses only 1% of the energy consumption which greatly promotes the development of ubiquitous AI. This year, M6 supported the world's largest shopping festival Double 11 for the first time. Relying on its multi-modal understanding ability, M6 greatly improved search and recommendation accuracy of Taobao and Alipay; with its smooth writing ability, M6 created scripts and copywriting for Tmall virtual streamers; depending on its generated high-definition images, M6 has been on duty in Rhino Intelligent Manufacturing and increased the efficiency of designers by 5 times. We developed Gemini, the industry's first edge-cloud collaborative learning framework with the definition of five paradigms: cloud, edge, cloud-centric, edge-centric, and edge-cloud collaboration learning modes. It not only protects data privacy, but also has outstanding performances in personalized recommendations. This talk we will include details of state-of-the-art recommendation system in practice, M6 and Gemini.


Dr. Hongxia Yang, PhD from Duke University, led the team to develop AI open sourced platforms and systems such as AliGraph, M6, Luoxi. Dr. Yang has published nearly 100 top conference and journal papers, and held more than 20 patents. She has been awarded the highest prize of the 2019 World Artificial Intelligence Conference, Super AI Leader (SAIL Award), the second prize of the 2020 National Science and Technology Progress Award (China's Top tech award), the first prize of Science and Technology Progress of the Chinese Institute of Electronics in 2021, and the Forbes China Top 50 Women in Science and Technology in 2022. She used to work as the Senior Staff Data Scientist and Director in Alibaba Group, Principal Data Scientist at Yahoo! Inc and Research Staff Member at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, joint adjunct professor at Zhejiang University Shanghai Advanced Research Institute respectively.

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