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Conference showcases future of artificial intelligence

Ding Yining
AI has been playing a crucial rule in the delivery and logistics sector, according to experts attending the World Artificial Intelligence Conference.
Ding Yining
Conference showcases future of artificial intelligence
Ti Gong

AI has been playing a crucial rule in the delivery and logistics sector, according to experts attending the World Artificial Intelligence Conference.

E-commerce giants and lifestyle services platforms also shared how smart networks would drive future growth during the Shanghai conference.

The unmanned operation of warehouse management, delivery and dispatch will be crucial after the pandemic outbreak, according to Zhe Wenming, chief architect officer of JD logistics.

"AI will play a crucial role in the upgrade of smart infrastructure not only for our own business but for other industry sectors as well," added Zhou Bowen, head of JD Group's technology committee and president of JD Cloud and AI business unit.

Business connectivity and manufacturing synergy also requires a smart infrastructure upgrade.

JD Cloud and AI has set up servers and operation centers in more than 40 domestic cities.

JD's logistics' solution has integrated 5G, the Internet of Things and machine algorithms to help delivery firms manage fleets and work on delivery routes.

Meituan chief scientist and general manager of AI business unit Xia Huaxia also shared a common viewpoint that AI would become the new infrastructure to enhance the social governance and inclusiveness of human society.

"Meituan's delivery and online-to-offline services have helped accumulate data and this has helped train data algorithm to better serve these business needs, creating a virtuous cycle," Xia said.

Meituan said it's combining data algorithms with various business units to serve the digital economy and better connect with offline retailing. AI is already serving merchants in terms of financing, supply chain, marketing and delivery. 

It's also working on unmanned aerial vehicle delivery and automated delivery carts to avoid traffic congestion. 

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