Huawei invests in AI with UC Berkeley

Research and development in artificial intelligence is booming and we can only hope for an amicable outcome once the artificially intelligent life forms take over the world.

Along with names such as Google and IBM that have been pioneering this research, companies from across a variety of industries have also begun investing in AI. Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei has announced a strategic partnership in basic research into AI with the University of California, Berkeley.

Huawei will begin with an investment of $1 million to research a variety of subjects within the AI umbrella such as deep learning, reinforcement learning, machine learning, natural language processing and computer vision. Huawei has an AI R&D facility called the Noah’s Ark Laboratory that will collaborate with Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR). The goal is to “fuel the advancement of AI technology while creating completely new experiences for people”.

Huawei’s Noah’s Ark Laboratory is 4 years old, with research units dedicated to AI, machine learning and data mining developing many technologies for deep learning, telecom big data analytics, flow data mining and image data mining among others. Huawei’s products already make use of these technologies and partnering up with one of the world’s leading AI research facilities, it hopes to become a leading player in AI-baked electronics.