Lenovo teams up with JD to build big data platform
Group sees big role for robotics overhaul its more than 10,000 offline retail stores, in a move to adapt to consumers’ changing shopping habits.
“Currently, most of them sell only personal computers. We will turn them into cool retail stores which sell a wide range of consumer electronics,” Liu said.
Lenovo is stepping up its investments into new technologies including AI, in an effort to reduce its reliance on PCs and revive its tumbling smartphone business.
The company said in April that it would pour $1.2 billion into research and development of artificial intelligence, the internet of things and big data over the next four years.
Rui Yong, chief technology officer of Lenovo, said the company’s edge in big data, computing power and algorithms could help it stay competitive and relevant in the AI era.
“We have the largest number of manufacturing data groups in China. Of the top 500 high-performance computers in the world, 91 of them are made and operated by Lenovo,” Rui said.
Lenovo also signed a deal with Chinese electric vehicle startup NIO on Thursday to jointly develop a computing platform to drive smart driving.
Xiang Ligang, CEO of telecom industry website cctime.com, said Lenovo could gain a lead in AI, if it could swiftly implement its strategy and utilize its advantages in information infrastructure.
successfully used drones to deliver online purchases to rural shoppers in Jiangsu province, kicking off the e-commerce giant’s use of unmanned aircraft for the final stage of the delivery process.
In November, it completed its first drone delivery in Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi province, and started using drones regularly for package deliveries in the city on June 18.
The company also used robots and driverless cars for deliveries during the June 18 shopping festival. Its intelligent logistics center “Asia No 1” and the sorting centers which use robotics have gone into operation.
Yang Yaqiong, an analyst at market consultancy Analysis, said: “The total number of JD’s employees will drop and the talent structure will also change as the number of professionals specializing in technology and big data increases, but labor-intensive jobs, such as logistics and customer services, correspondingly decrease in number.”
Yang Yuanqing, chairman and CEO of Lenovo, talks on artificial intelligence at an innovation conference in Shanghai on Thursday.