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Building a Better Connected World
Just as mankind evolved over many thousands of years, how we connect and communicate with each other has changed beyond recognition. Since the dawn of time, man’s first fleeting gestures to each other gradually led to the crude etching of symbols on cave walls and then into the most rudimentary of languages, characters and thought processes, and then on to today’s digital tools – all steps on the path towards greater connection. No matter how we change the way of communications, the reason we communicate remains the same: to care for each other and to share ideas. Connecting the world has long been Huawei’s dream: our technology enriches life.
The ancient paintings in the prehistoric Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave in France show that in the Paleolithic Age 36,000 years ago, human beings used pigments, such as red ochres to paint animals and record volcanic eruptions; now, we communicate and express emotions via lively emojis. While technology advances with each passing day, the reason why people connect never fades with time.
Connectivity goes beyond verbal conversations. It enables knowledge to be passed on to future generations. In the past, people put their ideas down on wooden tablets or parchment; now, students that dream of studying art can attend lectures remotely from any corner of the world, and watch lecturers discuss Mona Lisa’s mysterious smile from the Louvre in Paris.
Connectivity enables us to show we care. In the past, young men who worked far from home could only express their love for their girls back home by writing love letters or poetry. But usually it didn’t take them long to miss each other forever, as they went their separate ways; now, lovers can connect via video chats anytime anywhere. In good times and harsh times, with smiles or tears, now they will no longer miss any important moments – they are in this together.
Connectivity is to work together efficiently. In the past, even the fastest mail was not fast enough in emergencies; now, thanks to broadband network and high speed connections, scientists from Silicon Valley and their R&D team in Singapore can work seamlessly with their clients based in Brazil.
Connectivity is to push physical and physiological boundaries and explore the unknown together. In the past, the first telephone call changed the world and instantly made it smaller; now, astronauts can go beyond the barriers of space yet seamlessly connect with their home base on Earth.
Huawei believes that connectivity is to create a better world. We believe connectivity draws people who are away from home closer to their family; it offers a bigger world and widens the perspectives of students who are diligently studying, and allows lovers’ hearts to beat as one on different sides of the planet.
In the future, a fully connected world will create unimaginable experiences, affecting all aspects of life from the societies we live in, the jobs we do, the paths we take and the economic systems we flourish in.
India in 2042. Nine years old Sanjay has a rare disease, a primitive neuroectodermal tumor. He is in danger of a cerebral hemorrhage if the tumor ruptures so it needs to be removed immediately, but there is no specialist capable of conducting this procedure in Sanjay’s home town. However, the hospital is able to find a London brain expert through the global artificial intelligence medical network to conduct the operation remotely. High-resolution camera equipment and magnetic resonance allow for real-time scans of Sanjay and the local hospital is able to transmit data to the London medical center. Thanks to a surgical robot, doctors from London can control this delicate surgery with 100% precision. This surgery saved young Sanjay’s life and this could happen because the United Nations passed a resolution a few years previously and multiple countries agreed to gather their medical resources through the network to save lives, especially to help patients from less developed countries.
China in 2035. Liu Wei sits in his brand new driverless car; unlike before there are no lights on the front or rear of his shiny new machine. After all, who needs lights in the era of automatic driving? Liu Wei tells the car his destination and the car instantly connects to the centralized traffic information system to calculate the exact time of his arrival. On his way, while listening to music, Liu has already scheduled his work for the next few days. Meanwhile his car is constantly “having a conversation” with hundreds of other cars en route to understand their direction and speed, making traffic accidents a thing of the past. Thanks to the high-speed wireless network, the central system constantly analyzes all travel data. The design of roads and cities has changed forever. And one more thing that’s changed? No one can use traffic jams as an excuse for being late anymore…
The United States in 2028. Billions of videos are uploaded every second all over the world. John is building a new search system to understand more about the figures, objects, and scenes in this huge amount of videos. Using the automatic learning ability of artificial intelligence, John’s system will be able to connect to all the planet’s data centers to evaluate all the world’s high-resolution videos. John believes the new system will help people to search for videos and images more precisely. More importantly, it provides deep learning and analytical capabilities which enable fashion brands to understand customers’ preferences on cutting and color, toy manufacturers to learn more about the latest hit games, and governments to understand public opinion on new facilities.
In the future, high-speed connections will be as ubiquitous as air. People and machines will communicate with each other anytime to generate intelligent and informative information to serve our needs. We will take connections for granted and will enjoy the services without even noticing.
Connectivity is where the heart belongs, the mind develops and where the future belongs.
Welcome to the future. Building a Better Connected World.
September, Shanghai, HUAWEI CONNECT 2017 will be a rich brew of ideas, business, and technology where we join hands to map a blueprint for the future - a Better Connected World. Please stay tuned!