Session: Artificial Intelligence and the Great Intelligence Age

On September 28, Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) held the Second Conference of International Science, Technology and Innovation Forum (ISTIF). As a major forum of the conference this year, the session “Artificial Intelligence and the Great Intelligence Age” was successfully held.

This session was divided into two parts: keynote speech and roundtable discussion, chaired by Junlong Chen, foreign academician of the European Academy of Sciences and Vice President of the Chinese Society of Automation. Seven Chinese and foreign guests from the political, business and academic sectors discussed the development trend of the most advanced technology of artificial intelligence through online and offline interaction, providing new ideas and new initiatives to link resources from all sides of industry, academia and research, promoting the rapid and healthy development of the industry, and comprehensively implementing the innovation-driven development strategy.

Junlong Chen

Zhiyun Zhao

Zhiyun Zhao, Secretary of the Party Committee and Director of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China, and director of the Research Center for the Development of New Generation Artificial Intelligence of the Ministry of Science and Technology, briefly introduced the international and domestic initiatives and practices related to the ethical governance of AI, and gave an in-depth and unique analysis and reflection on how the ethical governance of AI can move from concept to practice. Further, Zhao suggested that the ethical governance of AI is an inevitable requirement for the development of AI technology and applications to a certain stage, and that ethical governance, from concept to practice, is a dynamic process in a continuous cycle, which should adhere to multi-party collaborative governance and agile governance.

Wendy Hall

Wendy Hall, DBE, Fellow of the Royal Academy and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, detailed a series of research and supporting measures carried out by the UK government in leading this AI revolution from five aspects: data sharing and management, AI applications in the healthcare industry, responsible data use, data science AI research, and AI education.

Jianmin Wang, Dean of the School of Software at Tsinghua University, shared three innovative application cases of industrial big data and made a reflection on the future development issues and technical challenges of industrial big data. He mentioned that with the development of IoT, cloud computing, VR and AR, the digital twin (meta-universe) in the industry is the future development direction. In light of this, how to realize data twin and model twin and low-threshold software development will be the scientific problem to focus on in the future.

During the roundtable discussion, Linzhong Deng, CTO of Guangdong Zongtu Technology Co., Ltd, Jinghui Lu, Chief Security Officer of Vivo, Junhua Wu, Vice President of KDDI Co., Ltd, and Xi Zhang, Managing Director and Global Partner of Boston Consulting Group (BCG), engaged in lively discussions on topics such as chip design work of AI engineers, industry ecosystem built by AI, the relationship between the metaverse and AI, and value capture of AI.